"Polluters must pay" for gambling harmsGambling
The "polluters must pay" when it comes to the costs of gambling harms, an MP has said, during a spirited debate on betting reforms.
During a Westminster Hall debate on Monday, Labour MP Carolyn Harris argued for a statutory Levy on betting companies, to raise money for addiction research. Ms Harris stressed that companies are not paying their fair share, especially given the harm their product is causing.
Gambling companies in the UK are required to make a voluntary contribution to services that help problem gamblers. However, companies generally submit a paltry amount, around 0.2 per cent of gross gambling yield. Campaigners want a mandatory 1 per cent levy.
The UK Government has indicated that it supports the idea of a levy in past statements, as well as other measures to curb problem gambling, but it distanced itself from the idea last week in a leak to the Daily Mail.
The government has pledged to bring forward a series of proposals to modernise Britain's gambling laws and bring better regulation of big betting. A whitepaper is expected this month, after a series of delays.
In a statement earlier this week, CARE's CEO Ross Hendry urged Ministers to row in behind a statutory levy, which CARE has lobbied for in the last two years, and said MPs must "hold the government's feet to the fire" to ensure coming reforms are fit for purpose: