Hannibal: DCMS must reconsider debit card prohibition

Peter Hannibal DCMS
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“If the Daily Mail article has any substance the news will serve to accelerate the migration of commerce from cash to digital cash and gaming machines will in turn get marginalised to a greater degree than they are currently. The Gambling Business Group is calling on the DCMS to reconsider the ill-judged dismissal of the request for the removal of the prohibition of debit card payments with machines. If it had considered the case for change properly, it would understand that digital payments can carry more protections for players and reduce the risk of harm far more than cash ever can. Unfortunately in this case, the DCMS has been very short sighted in their response not just from a player protection point of view, but also in making light of the gravitas and implications of the current trend from cash to cashless. Street buskers and charities are now equipped to take cashless or contactless payments on the street: the GBG and its members are extremely concerned that gaming will soon become the only part of the high street economy that is prohibited from being part of the cashless revolution. The situation in pubs is especially worrying where the business model is predicated on customers playing machines with their loose change during dwell time. We need to be planning for decades ahead, not always playing catch-up and being the victim of a regulatory framework which is making no attempt to keep pace with technology or indeed changes in consumer behaviour.”


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