Parliamentary group expands problem gambling inquiry

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The recently-formed Gambling Related Harm APPG has announced a series of evidence sessions to further its inquiry into the harms associated with online gambling.

The committee, previously the APPG investigating FOBTs, has retained MP Carolyn Harris as chair and will continue to assess the impact of online sites on problem gamblers.
“Vice-chairs Iain Duncan Smith MP and Ronnie Cowan MP have held several meetings with former online gamblers, the National Self-Exclusion Scheme, financial institutions and academics, to discuss these issues,” said a statement from the group.
The newly-announced sessions will begin on 27 March, hearing evidence from individuals whose lives have been impacted by online gambling, with meetings on 24 April and 8 May exploring current provisions available to at-risk gamblers.
The fourth session, on 12 June, will see the group hear from representatives of the remote gambling sector, with the final session on 3 July focusing on the current regulatory and policy landscape.
The formation of the Gambling Related Harm APPG was announced in January, ahead of the March 31 FOBT stake cap. Since being founded, the group has established contact with several UK banks to implement features giving customers the option to block gambling and betting transactions via debit and credit cards.

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