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Gambling: Shops

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 75032, tabled on 15 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has of the potential (a) financial and (b) public health impacts of permitting gambling shops to be located in areas of economic disadvantage.

Answered on

19 November 2021

Public Health England (PHE)’s evidence review of gambling-related harms found that the socio-demographic profile of gamblers appears to change as gambling risk increases, with people who are unemployed and people living in more deprived areas showing higher rates of harmful gambling although they have relatively lower levels of participation.

The Gambling Commission requires gambling operators to have completed local risk assessments for each of their gambling premises. This is to ensure that they take into account factors near to their premises, including aspects of economic disadvantage such as addiction treatment centres or homelessness hostels. In accordance with the licensing objectives of the Gambling Act, operators must ensure that they mitigate against these risks.