Glasgow based Group to Carry Out Gambling Related Study During Lockdown
by Glenn Baird - May 4, 2020
The Gambling Harms Group, a Glasgow-based initiative set up by the Alliance health care organisation and containing representatives from the city council will carry out an investigation into harms caused by online gambling during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Before lockdown had been initiated the Gambling Harms Group had intended on beginning a 3 year study into the impact of gambling on the people of Glasgow but has since changed the direction of the study.
The study will take the form of a survey, including questions such as, “Have you noticed any change in the issues related to gambling that your organisation or community are responding to since the COVID19 outbreak started?”
Annette Christie, Convener of Glasgow City Council Wellbeing and Citizen Engagement Committee, said: “Some of us might turn to gambling online for entertainment, or to financially support ourselves (unaware of the harms) while existing gamblers might up the stakes by switching to riskier forms of gambling such as online casinos or slots.
“At a time when so many restrictions have been placed on what we can and can’t do, or where we can go, gambling has never been easier.
“In the 24/7 internet world, online gambling is available in our homes every second of the day- with no real limits. Although the UK government’s recent ban on the use of credit cards to gamble will help to reduce the credit line, unfortunately it doesn’t go far enough. More social responsibility is needed as it doesn’t stop people gambling away their wages and losing their homes, even their families, livelihoods and sometimes their lives.”