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September 20, 2020

Statements by Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, Don Foster

Liberal Democrats launch attack on Gambling Act

(UK).- Following the introduction of the Gambling Act in the UK last September 1, the Liberal Democrats have attacked the government for failing to tackle problem gambling effectively.

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iberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, Don Foster, said: "While many of the gambling reforms are welcome, the government must recognise its failure to put adequate provisions in place for the problems the Act may bring.

“There has been a huge surge in online gambling but ministers have failed at every opportunity to bring internet gambling companies onshore where they would pay tax and be properly regulated.”

He continued: "It took the gambling industry five years to meet its previous funding target for problem gambling services - the industry needs to be much more responsive if it is to protect the most vulnerable.”

"The Gambling Act had great potential, but the government’s handling of it has been fraught with chaos, confusion and contradiction from start to finish. Systematic delays and a lack of appropriate planning have left many operators around the UK confused about deadlines right up until the last minute," concluded Foster.

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