Jo Stevens MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary, responding to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee’s ‘Gambling Harm – Time for Action’ report, said “This hard-hitting report sets out what has long been obvious – that the gambling industry needs more effective regulation and the Government has been far too slow.
“The committee’s criticism of ministers for sometimes being ‘more obstructive than reactive’ is damning. And the report raises questions over the impartiality of Action Against Gambling Harms, established by Tory Peer Lord Chadlington and largely funded by betting companies.
“The Government needs to show more leadership so that gamblers are not relying of the goodwill of companies to keep them safe. Delays over the promised Gambling Review are leaving people at the mercy of some unscrupulous practices that could have dangerous consequences.”