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Brigid Simmonds: As the Government’s gambling review continues, ministers should listen to what voters really think about betting
A YouGov poll found that 51 per cent of voters do not believe that politicians should set limits on how much they can bet.
Christopher Snowdon: To reduce problem gambling effectively, use targeted measures – not blanket bans
Offering help to those who need it is a far more constructive and effective approach than hitting all gamblers with bans and restrictions.
Miles Briggs: The pandemic has hit betting shops hard. The Gambling Review must do nothing to hamper their recovery.
It’s vital that governments in London and Edinburgh do nothing to make things more difficult than they already are.
The Tories have an historic opportunity to turn Britain into a world leader in gambling harm prevention with a new Gambling Act
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has to be prepared to act on the evidence.
Philip Smith: As the Government’s gambling review gets under way, here are some principles for action
We now have an opportunity to right some of the wrongs we are seeing within the industry to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected.
Scott Benton: We are right to reform the UK’s gambling laws – but we must not drive punters into the arms of the black market
A review should strike the right balance between protecting the vulnerable and not spoiling the enjoyment of people who enjoy a bet perfectly safely.
An FOBT stake reduction from £100 to £2 per spin was the right thing to do, with a positive impact on gambling treatment services.
Michael Dugher: Ministers deserve credit for their evidence-led review of betting and championship of safer gambling
The industry has implemented a number of measures to make these activities more secure.
Allowing those who we now require to be in education until they’re 18 to lose £350 a week in fixed odds online gambling is madness.
It’s time for sensible, conservative action to protect the vulnerable – and allow the majority a safe flutter.
Richard Holden: Why we need Parliament back to deliver immigration control, trade deals, levelling up – and much more.
More delay would playing into the hands of the SNP and other opposition parties who claim that ‘Westminster isn’t delivering.’
With more people at home and severely restricted, the pandemic has exacerbated regulatory concerns about betting and gaming.
Plus: As of writing, I’ve had hardly any communications at all from constituents about the Coronavirus.
Government should be passionate about self-reliance, but we must also recognise the transformative power of an enabling state.