Join date: May 12, 2022


New games are constantly being devised, often highly addictive, sometimes with a particular appeal to children. There is currently no adequate system of checking such games before they are put on the market. We recommend that new games should not be allowed until they have been tested against a range of factors to ensure that they do not score too highly on the harm indicator scale Throughout our inquiry individuals have been in touch with us to tell us how impossible their position is when they are in dispute with operators: no or inadequate response, failure to accept responsibility, dispute resolution which resolves nothing. Only a transparent and independent ombudsman system can resolve this. However strict the controls, some gamblers will continue to fall through the net. This is a health problem, where the NHS should be at the forefront. Research, education and treatment are expensive, but can be and should be paid for out of the industry’s profits. It is beyond belief that the Government have steadfastly refused to exercise the powers they already have to impose a mandatory levy on the industry. They must drag their feet no longer. We do not overlook that for most people who gamble this is a source of enjoyment that can foster social cohesion. We have been careful, in formulating our recommendations, to make sure that they impact on the undoubted benefits of gambling only to the extent necessary to make gambling safer for all. Only in response to pressure from MPs, the public, pressure groups and the media, is any action being taken to deal with the harm caused by problem gambling. At last, all main political parties are promising action, notably in their most recent election manifestos.


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