Gambling research

Research exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm    

The Gambling Act 2005 has three licensing objectives:

  • to prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • to ensure gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • to protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

The council has been looking at identifying who is at greater risk of being vulnerable to gambling related harm, and where they are located within Westminster. In 2015, the council partnered with Manchester City Council to commission Geofutures: Gambling and Places Research Hub to undertake research to explore area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm.

The research outputs were produced in two reports:

Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Who is vulnerable?  Findings from a quick scoping review – 13 July 2015

Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Developing the gambling related harm risk index – 9 February 2016

In addition to the reports, Geofutures have produced an online mapcase tool so that residents, gambling operators or other interested parties can look more closely at the gambling-related harm risk index mapping.

Mapcase tool - Westminster

Mapcase tool - Manchester

The research will be used to guide the council in revising its Statement of Licensing Principles for Gambling which defines how it administers and ensures compliance with premises licences under the Act. This research is also intended to support the gambling industry in identifying local areas of risk to gambling. This will enable each operator to meet the requirements of undertaking and completing local area risk assessments in accordance with the Gambling Commissions Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice. Care providers can use the outputs from this research for targeted intervention for care provision, education and treatment for those who are most at risk.


Last updated: 8 March 2016
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