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Gambling: Public Health

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 75035, tabled on 15 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what public health approaches he is taking to prevent gambling and gambling addiction.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

22 November 2021

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is leading the wide-ranging Review of the Gambling Act 2005 to ensure that the protections in place are appropriate. The Department of Health and Social Care ensures individuals experiencing problem gambling receive the right care and works with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to further understand and address gambling-related harms.

On 30 September 2021, Public Health England (PHE) published a comprehensive review of the evidence on gambling-related harms and their impact in England. This will be considered carefully in the Review of the Gambling Act 2005. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to develop effective and practical responses to tackling the gambling-related harms identified by PHE and support a strengthened public health approach.

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