Responding to the launch of the Authorities’s Playing Evaluation, Michael Dugher, chief govt of the Betting and Gaming Council, stated:
“Because the requirements physique for the regulated trade, we strongly welcome the launch of the Authorities’s Evaluation. We referred to as for it to be wide-ranging and evidence-led, and it supplies an necessary alternative to drive additional adjustments on safer playing launched by the trade previously 12 months.
“Downside playing could also be low at round 0.7 per cent and because the DCMS has stated there isn’t a proof that it has elevated within the final 20 years, however one drawback gambler is one too many. So I hope Ministers will focus in with laser-like precision on drawback gamblers and people in danger. The Authorities should be certain that any adjustments don’t drive individuals to the unregulated black market on-line, the place there aren’t any safeguards to guard susceptible individuals.
“Our members don’t enable betting by under-18s, so we welcome particularly affirmation of the Authorities’s resolution to ban 16 and 17-year-olds from enjoying the Nationwide Lottery. It’s obtained to be one rule for all.
“The overview should additionally take account of the massive financial contribution made by the betting and gaming trade, which employs over 100,000 individuals. This consists of £8.7 billion a 12 months in Gross Worth Added and over £3.2 billion to HM Treasury in tax. As well as, horse racing receives over £350 million per 12 months by way of the horse racing trade levy, media rights and sponsorships, whereas betting corporations spend over £40m a 12 months on the English Soccer League and its golf equipment.
“Different sports activities, together with rugby league, snooker and darts additionally obtain hundreds of thousands of kilos in sponsorship from our members, whereas casinos contribute over £120 million to the tourism financial system annually.
“Thousands and thousands of individuals get pleasure from an occasional flutter on sports activities, on bingo, on the Lottery, in casinos and on-line. I hope that everybody has their say within the Evaluation – together with hundreds of thousands of shoppers who get pleasure from betting safely, in addition to the hardworking women and men employed within the trade.”