UK government to review gambling legislation
The UK government has launched a review of gambling legislation intending to ensure that laws are effective for online, as well as face-to-face forms of gambling. Digital forms of gambling have changed substantially since the Gambling Act was introduced in 2005 with increasing numbers now betting online. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is coordinating the review and has announced a call for evidence that will run for 16 weeks starting 31 March 2021.
Several issues are due to be reviewed including limits to online betting stakes, regulations on gambling adverts, sports sponsorship and the role and powers of the Gambling Commission. Other issues will likely include how customers can report poor practice by gambling operators and the introduction of tests for new forms of gambling. The review will also look at treatment for gambling addictions as aligned with the NHS long-term plan and initiatives to address illicit gambling.
Oliver Dowden, the secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that “This comprehensive review will ensure we are tackling problem gambling in all its forms to protect children and vulnerable people. It will also help those who enjoy placing a bet to do so safely.”
The launch comes on the same day that the government announced that it will rise the minimum age for the national lottery from 16 to 18 from October 2021.
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