To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 24 July (HL9368), what plans they have to make a specific assessment of loneliness in relation to online gambling.
14 September 2018
In January the Prime Minister announced a significant programme of cross-government work on loneliness including the world's first Minister responsible for tackling loneliness, my Hon Friend the Minister for Sport and Civil Society. This work includes publishing its strategy for tackling loneliness in England by the end of 2018 and developing the evidence base on loneliness which includes looking at wide and interconnected aspects, including digital, surrounding loneliness. The Minister is also responsible for gambling and lotteries policy and in May, the Government published its response to the Consultation on Proposals for Changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures. This included a range of measures designed to increase player protections around online gambling.