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Westminster All Party Group launches final report into online gambling harms

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 17th June 2020

The All Party Parliamentary Gambling Related Harm Group (APPG) at Westminster launches its final report into online gambling harms.

Following a year-long inquiry the 50-strong group of Westminster parliamentarians calls for protections for online gamblers and a complete overhaul of gambling regulation in the UK.

The group sets out over 30 recommendations including:

  • Stake limits for online slot content of no higher than £2 given the potential to cause harm.
  • A ban on all VIP schemes and inducements. These schemes are highly profitable for gambling companies offering very high stakes gambling and they continue to lead to significant harm. A ban on all gambling advertising as was the case before 2005.
  • A complete overhaul of gambling regulation in the UK. The Gambling Commission is not fit for purpose.
  • An urgent review of stakes, deposit and prize limits online as well as a complete review and classification of online products.
  • Affordability limits set and imposed by the Gambling Commission.
  • A Gambling Ombudsman for consumer redress.
  • A mandatory ‘smart’ levy paid by gambling operators to fund independent research, education, prevention and treatment.
  • A new Gambling Act. While some immediate changes can be made through secondary legislation and the Government should consider what changes can be made in the short-term, an overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act is required – fit for our digital age

Read the full report (this link will take you away from our website) and find further information on the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (this link will take you away from our website)

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