Numbers Gambling Online in UK Reaches Record Levels

New data released by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has shown that the numbers gambling online in the UK has reached record levels.

The data covers quarterly gambling participation and the level of problem gambling for this year, up to the end of September. It revealed that the numbers gambling online has risen to a record 27%.

Also revealed by the UKGC data is that overall gambling levels are not too far behind pre-pandemic levels. The figure given in the new data was 44%, that’s compared to the 47% reported for the same period three years ago.

Yonder Consulting carried out the quarterly telephone survey. 4,018 adults aged 16 and over were surveyed, each being contacted four times from December of last year to the end of September 2022.

It was in the 25-34 age group that the highest increase in gambling activity was found. The survey found that 43% of those in that age group had taken part in some form of gambling in the previous four weeks. That’s up from 38% for the same period in 2021.

When it came to online betting, the highest increase was in the 35-44 age group. This saw a rise to 32% compared to 29% last year. Only the 65+ age group saw a decreased amount reported.

The age group saw a drop from 19% to 17%. Perhaps this could be explained by older players returning to the High Street bookmakers to place their bets now that lockdowns are over.

The 16-24 age group again recorded the highest figure for problem gambling. The corresponding period last year saw the figure at 0.8% but this latest data has seen that rise to 1.4%.
In the past, the 35-44 age group has been the one with the highest rate of problem gambling. The new survey saw the figure remain at 0.2%.

The wait continues for the UK Government White Paper on gambling reform. This has been continually delayed, particularly by the constant upheaval that has been seen in Downing Street this year.

New Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has named his new cabinet. There’s been no change in the Culture, media and sport department. Michelle Donelan remains in her position so hopefully this continuity will lead to the White Paper being published in due course.

However, the government has rather a lot on its plate at present, so the publication date and any subsequent legislation may not be imminent.