APPG Want More Changes To Made To White Paper Recommendations June 23, 2023 Mike Ashley

APPG Want More Changes To Made To White Paper Recommendations

Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming GroupSummary

  • APPG still has concerns over White Paper recommendations and has launched an inquiry
  • APPG wants to submit recommendations for Gov to consider during consultation period
  • Recommendations will also include areas not covered in the White Paper

The Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) says that while they are happy the UK Government has released a White Paper with proposed changes to make to the gambling industry, they believe more can be done to protect Brits from gambling harm.

APPG Will Submit Recommendations For Change

The UK Government currently has a consultation phase open where stakeholders and the public can send in their views and opinions based on the published White Paper. The White Paper is very detailed and has over 60 areas that the UK Gambling Commission will need to address apart from other areas.

The APPG has decided to launch an inquiry into the White Paper to examine how effective the proposed measures are. The inquiry will look to ascertain if the proposed recommendations in the White Paper can be realized and to also gather evidence to support their views that a number of loopholes with regards to online gambling has not been properly addressed in the White Paper.

The APPG has been a long-time supporter of introducing more stringent gambling reforms that will address the online gambling industry as the previous 2005 Gaming Act was too archaic in its regulations. The APPG stated that it will continue to push the UK government to act swiftly on its proposed recommendations in the White Paper and to follow through with the commitments made.

One area that the APPG is not happy with is gambling advertising as it feels the White Paper did not put in place strong enough measures to protect young people and children from gambling harm.

APPG Extends Open Invitation For Feedback

The APPG has put out an open invitation to get feedback and evidence that it can review and send across to the government. The open invitation for feedback will run till July 11, 2023 and will cover a number of topics.

While the APPG is primarily looking to address the White Paper and its recommendations, the group is also looking to address a number of areas that has not been covered in the White Paper. Some of these areas include new forms of gambling and the National Lottery.

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