The Gambling Commission has set up a lived experience advisory body to work with the regulator to make gambling safer.
The panel met for the first time earlier this week and is comprised of individuals with a wide range of gambling damage experience, including those affected by someone else’s gambling.
The group will work with the Gambling Commission to advise them on a number of policy development initiatives, including feedback and input on the implementation of any amendments to the Gambling Act, which the UK Government review is ongoing.
The Advisory Board replaces the Interim Experts by Experience Group formed last year to provide similar advice, evidence, and recommendations to raise industry standards.
In addition, the Lived Experience Advisory Panel will join the Safer Gambling Advisory Board and the Digital Advisory Panel as the official advisory group to the Gambling Commission.
Neil McArthur, CEO of the Gambling Commission, said, “As shown in the Interim Group’s contributions, the views and perspectives of Lived Experience are invaluable in our decision-making and already have a positive impact on our work to combat the harm related to gambling out.”
A spokesman for the Lived Experience Advisory Board added, “We are delighted that the Gambling Commission has recognized the importance of listening to people who have been harmed by gambling, and we appreciate their real commitment to make sure this can happen.”
In the meantime, the Gambling Commission also released its latest update on the Implementation of its Gambling Damage Reduction Strategy, which includes detailed information on every initiative it is taking with industry stakeholders and partners as part of its responsible gambling offensive.