Next week, I will lead a parliamentary debate on the issue of dormant betting accounts and will call on the UK Government to finally make a decision on whether to utilise the money from dormant accounts to support those individuals and families affected by gambling related harm.
A report for the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) commissioned in December 2010 recommended that the government consult with high street betting operators to establish a voluntary scheme or – failing that – to enact legislation that would require operators to give funds from dormant accounts and unclaimed winnings to good causes.
I’ve led the campaign for greater action to be taken on the issue of gambling related harm and addiction. I raised the subject with the Prime Minister at question time and also met with a number of organisations in the betting and gaming industry such as bookmakers, the Responsible Gambling Trust, Senet Group, BACTA, the Association of British Bookmakers and RCA Trust.
I will use the opportunity of leading a Westminster Hall debate on dormant betting accounts to urge the UK Government to finally take real action on gambling related harm.
I’ve met with a number of industry bodies and charities to discuss the issues surrounding gambling related harm and the affect it has on individuals and families. I believe the UK Government can make a difference to those people’s lives which have been adversely affected by gambling through taking the money from dormant betting accounts and utilising it for good.
It’s now time for the UK Government to fulfil a duty of care and take the necessary action on dormant betting accounts to show they are serious on addressing gambling related harm