The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) consisting of over 50 MPs, has called for urgent changes of British gambling laws, including a ban on gambling advertisements. Their recommendations were announced on the 15th June, just two days before today’s restart of the English Premier League.
The APPG has spent a year gathering evidence on gambling-related harm and has published 30 recommendations that could shape the gambling industry in years to come. They include a ban on online and TV advertising, an end to VIP schemes and inducements to bet, a £2 stake limit on online slot machines, independent affordability checks, controls on gambling game design, and a new ombudsman to resolve disputes. APPG also suggests the introduction of the new Gambling Act that would be fit for the digital age.
The recommendation that raised the most eyebrows is the one regarding the ban on all gambling advertisements. It is predicted how that proposal will face strong opposition from both gambling firms and commercial broadcasters. Gambling advertising has been on the rise ever since it was permitted by the 2005 Gambling Act, but the APPG accentuates the fact that 82% of people surveyed support the ban as they believe underaged audiences should not be exposed to such advertising.