A tool designed to help individuals suffering from gambling addiction has been given the backing of the UK’s gambling industry regulator, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).
The free betting control tool, Betblocker.org, which is available online, has officially confirmed that the UKGC have given it the seal of approval by accrediting the site as a gambling charity. The approval of the UKGC means that Betblocker will be listed among the six charities that are detailed on the UKGC’s website offering help to tackle problem gambling issues.
The tool has been developed by well-known gambling industry dispute body ThePogg.com. It comes in the form of a free app and provides those individuals who might be at risk of gambling harm with the ability to set up a comprehensive gambling site block, covering over 12,000 gambling sites.
When users set up their personal blocking profile through the app, they can apply a varying length of restrictions, from 24 hours to five years. The app is designed to offer those who use it the ability to manage their gambling access in a controlled and flexible way.
The app has already earned the vote of approval from another UK regulator. The Betblocker site was registered as a charity organisation by the leading charities regulator in Scotland, the OSCR, last August. The OSCR approved the site on the grounds that it came under the categories of ‘preventing poverty’ and ‘providing relief for those in ill health or hardship’, and the additional approval of the UKGC is likely to help to raise the profile of the app throughout the UK.
The app itself can be obtained through a range of digital platforms, which include iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, Apple Mac and Fire OS. The UKGC stamp of approval also now means that Individuals and gambling firms can make direct donations to BetBlocker.