UK gambling commission picks National Centre for next survey

The 2010 edition of the ongoing British Gambling Prevalence Survey will be carried out by the National Centre for Social Research, the UK Gambling Commission announced this week.

The widely read survey will build on the two previous prevalence surveys published in 2000 and 2007 and will measure the prevalence of participation in all forms of commercial and private gambling and estimate the prevalence of problem gambling.

It will provide comparisons between pre and post implementation of the Gambling Act 2005, along with a range of useful data for the Commission, its stakeholders and the industry. It also aims to identify a population of gamblers who could be invited to participate in future research.

Jenny Williams, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, said: "We're very pleased to have NatCen on board for this project. They have over thirty years experience of large-scale surveys of this nature, a proven track record of working with a range of public sector bodies and a sound understanding of gambling related issues. Their experience in researching sensitive issues and complex stakeholder management is extensive.”

The Commission aims to publish results of the BGPS before the end of 2010.

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