The UK’s free national self-exclusion scheme Gamstop has reported a significant increase in sign-ups for the self-exclusion scheme in 2021.
According to Gamstop’s bi-annual review, the self-exclusion provider said that it registered 40,000 people during the first six months of 2021.
Gamstop registrants up in first six months of 2021
According to the bi-annual review, Gamstop registered 40,000 people with its self-exclusion service in the fires half of the year.
This figure represents a 25% increase on the number of people who signed up in 2020, as total self-exclusion registrants currently stand at 218,000.
A breakdown of the registrants saw the self-exclusion provider identify a gender split of 70% male and 30% female. According to the report, 58% of those registered with Gamstop selected the maximum exclusion period of five years.
Gamstop noted that the number of young people accessing the scheme was an area of concern. According to the figures, 41% of registrants were located in the 25 to 34 age bracket. This increased to 59% when looking at the 18 to 34 age range.
The self-exclusion provider also found that March was the second biggest month for registrations on record.
Diving deeper into the findings
The bi-annual review featured independent analysis from research agency Sonnet providing insight into the effectiveness of self-exclusion.
A survey of 3,300 registrants revealed that the ethnic makeup of Gamstop users corresponds with the broader population of the UK. Respondents were 89% white, 3% asian, 2% black and 1% mixed-race.
The research also highlighted the socio-economic status of respondents, with 29% of those surveyed living in households with a pre-tax income of more than £48,000 per annum.
This compares to 48% of respondents who live in households earning more than £32,000 per annum.
More than 75% of respondents were in full or part-time employment while 63% of people had no children in their households.
Fiona Palmer, Gamstop CEO, said: “While it is encouraging to see that consumers are continuing to find Gamstop and use it as a crucial safety net in their recovery, this review reinforces the importance of continuing to raise awareness of practical tools that are available to those struggling with gambling-related harm.
“Our evaluation results demonstrate that gambling-related harm is an issue that affects people from all walks of life, irrespective of income, location, or gender. It is imperative that we continue to reach people from across the UK, and to give them access to tools that can aid them in their recovery, or form an important preventative measure.”
More research from Gamstop
Back in July, the self-exclusion provider published a report with findings from a survey of 1,703 respondents about their gambling habits. The survey was made up of 1,576 current Gamstop users and 127 former users.
Of that total, 1,231 people said they were now not gambling at all, while just 471 said they still gambled in some form.
More than 300 of those gambling did so in person while just under 200 people use offshore gambling sites.
This comes after a Gambling Commission survey in July found that there was a limited level of knowledge of safer gambling tools among gamblers.