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In 2010, an estimated 73% of the British population gambled at least once a year. In 2016, Gambling Commission data showed that 45% gambled in the last four weeks. Gambling research is an active field in the UK, involving industry and academia, with funding and research grant awarding largely determined by the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling.

There is a debate as to what extent this arrangement encourages high-quality, independent research on gambling to take place. This POSTnote will describe the scale and nature of gambling in the UK. It will summarise the landscape within which gambling research is conducted, the evidence emerging from research and how this might inform policy.