As the Liberal Democrats set out their stall of policies in a bid to become the de-facto opposition in next month’s general election, the party’s DCMS spokesperson has said that any prospective Lib Dem government would outright ban the use of credit cards for all gambling transactions throughout the UK.
At the party’s manifesto launch, Layla Moran said that problem gambling had become an “epidemic” in the UK, and that a blanket-ban on credit card transactions would be necessary to better protect vulnerable players.
“Problem gambling often has a pernicious and incredibly sad impact on the lives of thousands of people up and down our country,” she remarked. “It is heart-breaking to see many vulnerable people fall further into debt as gambling becomes evermore consuming.”
Meanwhile, Moran pointed the finger squarely at recent Conservative governments for what she said had been “mean-spirited neglect” of the problem.
“They had to be dragged kicking and screaming to support the Lib Dem-led initiative to reduce maximum stake for FOBTs,” she argued, adding that her party would “take bold and decisive action to tackle problem gambling.”