MPs call for advertising changes
Published 4th November 2019
MPs have demanded that the online gambling sector needs to “urgently” adopt a more responsible approach to advertising to protect children and the vulnerable.
The Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) cast scorn on the Gambling Commission and called for a £2 maximum stake on some online casino games as it published its interim report on the UK online gambling sector following a six-month inquiry into the harms caused by online gambling.
The inquiry was launched following growing disquiet among parliamentarians, charities, academics, families and individuals, at the high levels of harm caused by online gambling, in some cases tragically leading to suicide.
It makes 11 demands, such as that the Government should urgently introduce new gambling legislation with a focus on harm prevention. It said that stake and prize limits should be urgently introduced online. “The report finds no justification for online slot machine style games with staking levels above £2, as it is offline,” the APPG added.
Commenting on the report, Chair, GRH APPG, Carolyn Harris MP said: “This report highlights the urgent need for a root and branch review of the regulation of online gambling. Stakes and prize limits online would be a major step forward in reducing the harm caused by the sector. It is not at all clear why the Gambling Commission is not looking at this as a matter of urgency. It is an abdication of its responsibility as a regulator. There must be consistent and appropriate regulation of all forms of gambling.
“I also urge the Government to urgently review the provision of research, education and treatment in the sector. Gamble Aware are not effectively carrying out this function and it should immediately be brought into a public health setting.”