The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has stated the government’s proposed review into the Gambling Act could be postponed due to the impact of Coronavirus.
Answering a question posed by Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris, parliamentary under-secretary for the department Nigel Huddleston stated a timeline will be announced “in due course.” “The government committed in its manifesto to review the Gambling Act 2005 to make sure it is fit for the digital age,” said Huddleston on 30 April. “This commitment remains a priority, but as with other areas of government business the impact of Covid-19 has placed unforeseen pressures on the Department.”
“We are continuing to work closely with the Gambling Commission, including on ensuring that vulnerable people are protected in this time of potentially heightened risk. A timeline for the review will be announced in due course.”
An update to the 2005 Act has long been anticipated, with the provisions of the legislation not taking into account the prevalence of online gambling.
Harris, who is a long-term campaigner for gambling reform and chair of the APPG for Gambling Harm, put the question to the Secretary of State for DCMS via the government’s portal for written questions.