The British government has launched a call for evidence on aspects of the gambling industry, as part of a large-scale a review of the sector that includes machine allocation and the maximum stakes and prizes for gaming machines.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he move, according to Tracey Crouch, the UK’s Minister for Gambling, will place a particular focus on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in bookmakers and concerns about the harm they cause.
“The 2005 Gambling Act was introduced by the then Labour government with the aim of liberalising the gambling market in Great Britain,” Crouch stated. “Nine years on from the Act’s implementation, the gambling industry has evolved significantly. The gaming machine market has grown, gambling products are being advertised on a greater scale than ever before, and there has been a shift towards online gambling which is now the industry’s largest sector.”
She added: “The government supports a healthy gambling industry that generates investment and employment. But we must also be mindful of building an industry and wider economy that works for all – families and individuals cannot contribute to the wealth of the nation while they are rebuilding lives affected by problem gambling.”
The review will gather evidence to fully assess current rules and protocols in the gambling sector and to help inform the government to make decisions on any necessary amendments to gambling regulation.
The call for evidence will close on December 4, after which the government will consider proposals based on the evidence.