It’s extremely disappointing, but ultimately not surprising, due to the availability of gambling both on the high street and online, that the number of serious problem gamblers has increased by such large numbers.

Gambling related harm is become more prevalent and is causing anguish and grief for thousands of individuals and their families and friends.  The Government must take action to support those who are problem gamblers and I hope the review of FOBTs will lead to much needed stake reduction, as a step in the right direction.

Next month, I will be visiting the National Problem Gambling Clinic to speak to specialists who treat people with gambling related harm and hear from them how the issue is growing and what actions must be taken.

I would encourage anyone with gambling issues to seek the necessary support and also check the GambleAware website for more information.