MPs Call for Total Ban on Gambling Advertising
by Glenn Baird - June 16, 2020
A cross party group, comprising of more than 50 MPs has called for a complete ban on gambling advertising in the UK.
The group, which has already led a successful campaign to see credit cards banned as a way to deposit into online gambling accounts, has proposed a number of changes, the primary change being an overhaul of the 2005 Gambling act.
The group wants to see advertising on TV and online completely eradicated. They want all VIP schemes ended; a £2 maximum stake placed on online slots; independent affordability checks; tighter controls on game design and the introduction of a new ombudsman to resolve disputes.
These are big changes, many of which have been spoken about previously and many of which if brought into fruition will have an enormous impact on the UK gambling industry.
Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who leads the all-party parliamentary group on gambling-related harm alongside Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith and the Scottish National party’s Ronnie Cowan, said: “They [gambling firms] have shown time and again that they will not effectively self-regulate. Urgent change is needed to stop this industry riding roughshod over people’s lives.”
A complete ban on advertising, plus a reduction in the maximum wager on slots are the two proposals that could have the most significant impact.
News of the report came the same day that GVC Holdings boss Kenny Alexander published an op-ed noting that claimed there was “a significant anti-gambling lobby that believes punitive and mandatory restrictions – notably clamping down on online stake thresholds – will help problem gamblers.”
Alexander went on to highlight concerns that these restrictions could force gamblers to start using less reputable websites.