The gambling review will ‘strike the right balance’ between protecting the vulnerable and enjoyment for customers.
THE GAMBLING REVIEW
On 8 December 2020, the Culture Secretary launched a major and wide-ranging review of gambling.
The review will be led by Ministers at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, with engagement from across government, the Gambling Commission, the industry, health and charitable sector, those with lived experience of gambling harm, and other stakeholders.
As the standards body for the regulated industry, we welcome the review and believe it provides an important opportunity to drive further changes on safer gambling.
We have called for the review to be wide-ranging and evidence-led to strike the right balance between protecting the vulnerable, whilst not spoiling the enjoyment of the estimated 30 million people in the UK who enjoy a bet.
THE LATEST ON THE GAMBLING REVIEW
MINISTERS MUST GET GAMBLING REVIEW RIGHT
I am pleased to be working with the Betting and Gaming Council at such a crucial time for the industry. Two key challenges face the sector: the response of the Government to the coronavirus outbreak and the impending launch of the Gambling Review.
Wrong decisions taken in response to Covid or in the Review would not only put the livelihoods of those directly employed in the gambling industry at risk, but also those employed in the sports which betting helps to finance.
In the 10 years that I have been Joint Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Racing and Bloodstock, I have become acutely aware of the relationship between the betting and racing industries. I am pleased that these interests have come together through my election as Joint Chairman of the APPG on Betting and Gaming.
Parliamentarians from across the House take an interest in the betting and gaming sector, with a breadth of opinion on the industry. However, too often it is the negative and inaccurate messages which are those heard most loudly. At a time when the industry is taking steps to tackle problem gambling, these criticisms are not only wrong, but put the jobs of many thousands of people, the taxes paid into the Exchequer, the future of sport and the enjoyment of millions at risk.
More needs to be done to create a nuanced view within Parliament, based on the evidence and the good progress the industry has already made in driving up standards. This is what our APPG will be focusing on.
Laurence Robertson is the Conservative MP for Tewkesbury and Joint Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Racing and Bloodstock
CALL FOR EVIDENCE
The gambling review welcomed evidence from all parties with an interest in the way that gambling is regulated in Great Britain.
Key areas are:
- Online protections – players and products
- Advertising, sponsorship and branding
- The Gambling Commissions’ powers and resources
- Consumer redress
- Age limits and verification
- Land based gambling
The call for evidence ran for 16 weeks and closed on 31 March 2021.
Review of the Gambling Act 2005 Terms of Reference and Call for Evidence
SUPPORT FOR THE ECONOMY
119,000 jobs supported by BGC members
£4.5bn generated in tax for the Treasury
£7.7bn for the UK economy in gross value added
SUPPORT FOR SPORT
£350m for horseracing in sponsorship, media rights and the betting levy.
£40m for the English Football League.
More than £12.5m for snooker, darts and rugby league.
SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH, EDUCATION & TREATMENT
£10M for the Young People's Gambling Harm Prevention Programme
£100M for treatment services by 2024
ESTIMATED GAMBLING REVIEW TIMESCALES
- The call for evidence closed on 31 March 2021
- The government will consider the submissions, and a White Paper is expected later in 2021
- Any resulting legislative changes may not receive parliamentary scrutiny until 2022