MP urges greater responsibility over online gambling harm

MP urges greater responsibility over online gambling harm

Carolyn Harris MP, chair of the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), wants igaming operators to take more responsibility in order to better address harms related to online gambling.

Published 14th June 2019

This week, Harris (pictured) and other MPs in the APPG met with the Remote Gambling Association to talk over how operators and their partners are taking steps to protect customers.

However, Harris, a Labour MP, has demanded more action, saying operators must do more to address harms caused as a result of problem gambling.

“The industry has to start taking responsibility; this is about people’s lives,” Harris said.

The APPG is keen for UK operators to commit to a new code of conduct and take immediate steps to reduce harm among consumers.

With this in mind, the group has extended invitations to operators to appear at an oral evidence session in September to discuss the plans further.

Meanwhile, the APPG has elected Tracey Crouch MP, the former Minister for Sport, Civil Society and Loneliness, as its new vice-chair.

Crouch resigned from her Ministerial role in November of last year after the government delayed the introduction of new rules for FOBTs until October 2019.

The government eventually brought this forward by six months and regulations came into effect in April.