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Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL12762, tabled on 10 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether bookmakers are offering better odds to those who place bets online as opposed to those who place bets in betting shops; and if so, whether this discriminates against those whose disability means that they can only place bets in a shop.

Answered on

22 January 2019

Businesses, including gambling operators, are able to make commercial decisions with regards to prices offered in different locations and across different platforms and may do so for a variety of reasons, such as differences in cost bases or competition. The Gambling Commission’s focus is on ensuring the prices displayed are clear, transparent and therefore not misleading, thereby allowing a consumer to make an informed decision about whether to bet or not at the terms offered.

If anyone believes that they may have been indirectly discriminated against because of a disability in the provision of a service, they may wish to contact the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS), which provides free bespoke advice and in-depth support to individuals with any discrimination concerns.