Research on FoBTs
Clive Carter made this Freedom of Information request to Gambling Commission
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Dear Gambling Commission,
Research by Commission into
Fixed Odds Betting Terminals
1. Has the Commission conducted any research on the social or other effects of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals?
2. If conducted, when was this research conducted, produced or published and what is the name of the related document?
3. Please supply a copy of any research in this field that the Commission has conducted. A response could take the form of a PDF file, thank you.
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Richard Richardson left an annotation ()
A new analysis of FOBT in the three prevalence surveys has just been released.
Further research worth looking at is in this scottish gov document on the social impact of gambling which covers FOBTs...the most relevant bits are under the international longitudinal studies in chapter 4. it is a good solid summary of the international studies.
Dear Mr Carter
Thank you for your request for information relating to research.
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) routinely publishes the research
it conducts here: link
The Commission is the independent regulator of gambling and does not
usually undertake formal academic research directly. However, in
performing its role as advisor to government, it has commissioned a number
of pieces of research and analysis into gaming machines. More information
can be found using the following links:
- British Gambling Prevalence Surveys link
- Gaming machines research programme: link
- Examining machine gambling in the British Gambling Prevalence
There are also other bodies which we work with who have a remit to perform
research into gambling. The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB)
provides independent advice on the strategy and priorities for gambling
research education and treatment. You can see that their latest strategy
includes recommendations for further research into gaming machines:
The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) raises the required funding and
delivers appropriate programmes for research, education and treatment,
taking full account of the priorities recommended by RGSB. I have attached
a research paper that was commissioned by the RGT’s predecessor entitled:
Machines Research 1 – Mapping the social and economic characteristics of
high density gambling machine locations (Geofutures and NatCen).
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Richard Richardson left an annotation ()
There is a current triennial consultation on this issue here
The research is currently very weak in terms of social impact. The gov have commissioned more (due 18 months)and in the meantime have a whole series of questions they are asking on B2 FOBTs (the ones in bookmakers offices).
The frustrating thing is that the coalition killed the Gambling prevalence survey that should have reported this year so we only have 1999, 2007 and 2010.