GC survey: gambling in decline under lockdown iGaming Business · May 15, 2020 at 5:57 am More people in the UK have stopped gambling under lockdown than started or increased play, according to new data from the British Gambling Commission, though the regulator warned that evidence suggested session length for existing customers had risen. A YouGov study, commissioned by the regulator, found that 1.8% of respondents – comprising 2.9% of males and 0.7% of females – said they had stopped gambling entirely in the past four weeks. A further 3.3% said they had reduced gambling spend in this period, while 4.8% cut time spent playing. The survey, conducted over 16-17 April, gathered responses from 4,465 British adults. Of this number, just 0.2% said they started gambling since the UK-wide lockdown was announced, and only 1.5% of existing players claimed to have increased play in the past month.