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Gambling Laws: It’s Time For Change

Problem gambling is a significant and major issue in communities across the UK. Millions of adults are at risk of becoming addicted and children as young as 11 already are. It's time for change. Gambling laws are out of date and have failed to keep pace with the changes in the market. If we are to help protect people and communities from gambling related harms, the law needs to change.

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In extreme cases, gambling related harms can lead to suicide

While for some, gambling is simply harmless fun, for a significant minority, it causes real harm. Consider the following statistics from a recent House of Lords Report:

  • There are an estimated 395,000 adult problem gamblers in the UK
  • 55,000 11-16 year olds are classified as problem gamblers
  • On average one person commits suicide because of gambling addiction every day
  • The gambling industry spends £1.5bn a year on advertising and 60% of its profits come from the 5% who are already problem gamblers.
  • Gambling addiction can lead to family breakdown, job loss and severe financial hardships.
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The betting industry puts profits before people

Review of the 2005 Gambling Act

The current Conservative Government made a manifesto commitment to conduct a review of the 2005 Gambling Act. The review provides an opportunity to expose the flaws and failings in the existing legislation, while at the same time propose new reforms to protect more people from the harm caused by gambling addiction.

The Coronavirus pandemic restrictions have created a perfect storm for people with gambling addictions. The time has come for real change.

Recent reports suggest the review won't happen until 2021. The longer the Government delays the review, the more gambling related harms will be done. It's time for change.

The promised review needs to happen sooner rather than later. Please stand with us in calling on the Government to start the review.
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Children as young as 11 are classified as problem gamblers

Points to make

Please use your own words wherever possible.

  • Welcome the manifesto commitment to review the 2005 Gambling Act
  • Ask your MP to put pressure on the Government to conduct the review as soon as possible
  • Mention the horrifying scale of gambling related harms - 2 million at risk from problem gambling and 55,000 11-16 year olds already classified as problem gamblers
  • Point out that gambling related harms have consequences for whole communities, not just individuals

Write to your elected representative

Please ask your MP to press the Government to begin the review of existing gambling laws as soon as possible.

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James Mildred
Thank you for stand­ing with us in this mat­ter. Gambling related harms causes social dev­ast­a­tion and it’s vital our laws are updated to provide bet­ter pro­tec­tion for vul­ner­able people.
James Mildred Head of Communications
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GAMSTOP: the multi-site self-exclusion tool already helping save lives

CARE was able to work with Parliamentarians to secure the liscensing of GAMSTOP, a brilliant and innovative tool that allows gamblers to self-exclude from ALL betting sites in one go.

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Nola Leach
Your sup­port helps our work to carry on. Every gen­er­ous gift is inves­ted in hold­ing the Gov­ern­ment to account and push­ing for much needed reforms to gambling legislation.
Nola Leach Chief Executive

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