Dame Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central and Bob Neill MP for Bromley and Chislehurst today (1 March) brought together major stakeholders in the gambling industry to discuss what more can be done to ensure responsible gambling.
The event, ‘Responsible gambling, industry initiatives and the way forward’, was held at the House of Commons and included MPs from across the political spectrum, Doncaster resident and responsible gambling campaigner Anne Evans, Carl Leaver Chief Executive Gala Coral, Malcolm George Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, Dirk Hansen Chief Executive Gamcare, Ron Finlay Chief Executive Senet and representatives from William Hill, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power.
The event discussed a broad range of measures to help tackle problem gambling including limiting stakes over £50, self-exclusion schemes, banning gaming machine advertising in shop windows, and the recently launched Player Awareness System (PAS), which uses technology to assess identified customers’ behaviour and has been welcomed by charities as a ‘powerful step’ in helping problem gamblers. The meeting called for more advertising on responsible gambling around major sporting events.
Doncaster Central MP Dame Rosie Winterton said:
“It’s vital that people who are struggling with gambling addiction, or debts caused by gambling, are offered the help and the support they need to tackle the problem, which is why I’m supporting Anne Evans and the work she is doing alongside the Senet Group and other organisations.
“I welcome the ABB and industry’s ongoing commitment to responsible gambling and the measures that they are introducing and look forward to following up on today’s constructive meeting in six months’ time when we can assess further progress made.”
Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill said:
“It’s vitally important that discussions on responsible gambling involving the industry, charities and politicians take place. Today’s debate has challenged the industry and all stakeholders to ensure that betting shop customers can continue to gamble safely while steps are taken to help those most vulnerable to problem gambling.”
Malcolm George, CEO of the ABB said: “The ABB are committed to work with politicians, charities, our regulator, campaigners and the Government to help develop some of the highest gambling standards in the world that ensure betting shops will remain one of the safest places to bet.”
Rosie Winterton has championed her constituent’s case and it was very constructive meeting with Anne Evans, and all the key stakeholders. Bookmakers take their responsibility to their customers incredibly seriously.
We are continually looking at new measures that can be taken that enable those who gamble responsibly to continue to enjoy their leisure experience while identifying and getting help for those who are vulnerable to problem gambling.”