Get Serious About Problem Gambling Or 'Get Out', Warns Commission Chief

If anyone in the gambling industry believes UK problem gambling rates cannot be reduced from their current stable level, "they need to get a new job", Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur has said.

Speaking to an audience of industry executives and their lawyers at the CMS Gambling Conference in London on Wednesday, McArthur said that proponents of the thesis that the existence of around 340,000 problem gamblers is a "fact of life" should "get a new job, if you’re operating in Britain or advising operators in Britain".

"If you can’t change your mindset [about problem gambling rates] you need to go and do something else and make way for other people," he said.

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