The new regulatory framework for gaming will be discussed by academics, health professionals, players with game problems, young workers and third sector, at a summit organized by the Glasgow City Council. There the challenges for action and the goals that the Scottish city wants to achieve will be examined.
This plan was approved during a meeting held by the City Policy Committee on Welfare, Empowerment, Citizen Participation and Council Participation, in which several experts made proposals aimed at reducing the damage caused by the game.
Among the key issues discussed by the Committee were the changing landscape of the industry, the financial and health problems related to the game, the growing popularity of online games, the huge spending on marketing and advertising and the impact of all these factors in the young.
After an intense debate, the Committee concluded that the most effective methodology for articulating an action plan aimed at preventing and treating the most vulnerable and others affected by the game would be the organization of a summit.
Councilwoman Bailie Annette Christie, who acted as spokesperson for the Committee, said that the city has been dragging a problem with the game for a long time and that for its treatment the traditional approaches would not work, so she recommended doing more to address this problem.
According to Christie
“the gaming sector has changed in recent years and, therefore, we must also change the way we address the problems that arise from addiction to the game and how it affects other areas of a person’s life.”
She also said that the problem of the game must be treated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco addictions have been before, that is, as public health problems.
“We need a new approach and analyze all the different policy areas, including health, education, planning, licensing and financial inclusion, which could be used to treat and support people and, first of all, prevent the damage,” she added.
The Committee also agreed to host strategies to address the problems of the game, which have already worked in the United Kingdom and other countries. Likewise, a more radical approach will be promoted in the educational field in which the effectiveness of the activities and programs adopted is reviewed.
Another result of the meeting was to review the availability of support for council staff, which takes into account online gambling activities and guarantees necessary help for people at risk or who have already been affected by the game.
The Committee additionally requested the partners to develop a closer job, so as to ensure more adequate care paths designed to meet the needs of the clients. Also, consider all the actions that are necessary to develop a collaborative work between different agencies and their subsequent implementation.
Finally, the Committee recommended that the Council and the Licensing Board work together with the GB Gambling Commission and the governments of Scotland and Great Britain, to explore other possible actions aimed at counteracting the impact of all these damages.