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"Destructive cycle of addiction"

Labour wants bookmakers to pay gambling treatment levy

Labour wants bookmakers to pay gambling treatment levy
Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson said his party will work to put an end to “destructive cycle of addiction".
United Kingdom | 09/28/2017

Speaking at a conference of the Labour Party in Brighton this week, deputy leader Tom Watson vowed to “finally confront problem gambling” if elected, urging companies in the industry to “stop targeting vulnerable people and start acting properly”.


atson said Labour would press bookmakers to pay a compulsary levy to fund research and NHS treatment for problem gamblers, promising to end the “destructive cycle of addiction”.

“I can tell you that a Labour government will introduce a compulsory levy,” Watson said in hes speech.

“We now know that when vulnerable people try to opt out of online gambling, companies don’t always block their accounts as they should,” he said.

“Gambling companies are even harvesting data to deliberately target low-income gamblers and people who have given up.”

Earlier this month, Watson also put pressure on the government of Theresa May renewing his anti-gambling campaign as he proposed to ban betting firms from advertising on football shirts.
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