Gambling related harm is an issue which rightly continues to receive more attention and it’s vital the UK Government continue to listen to the many people, such as Dr Henrietta Bowden Jones and organisations who are highlighting how gambling is becoming more prevalent, especially with young people.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling estimate that in Inverclyde, alone, cash inserted into FOBTs in 2016 was £11,527,602. These figures put into perspective the challenges we face in Inverclyde when it comes to gambling.
During the meeting with the Minister, I raised the link between young people and gambling, alongside the need for a statutory levy on bookmakers to fund GambleAware and their activities to tackle gambling related harm.
Hopefully, this can be a platform to implement more legislation that can help those affected by gambling and those who may become problem gamblers.