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Gambling Act 2005 Review

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 75028, tabled on 15 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she has taken to embed a public health approach to gambling in the review of the Gambling Act 2005.

Answered on

19 November 2021

The Government considers that a public health approach is a key part of gambling regulation. Gambling legislation and the requirements placed on operators by the independent regulator, the Gambling Commission, are intended to offer a wide range of protections: from those which make gambling safer for the population as a whole, such as controls on gambling products, to tailored protections for groups such as children and specific targeted interventions and support for those at most risk of harm.

Our Review of the Gambling Act aims to ensure that the protections in place to prevent harm are appropriate and effective for the digital age. Public Health England’s recent evidence review of gambling-related harms is a valuable contribution and we are considering it carefully.