Politicians in the UK have called for an online slots stake limit that could have a major impact on the UK gambling sector.
The Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) has said that the industry should impose a £2 stake limit for all slots games. They have made the call at the end of a six-month review of the impact of problem gambling. The Group also says that the Government and the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) need to take action on the issue.
In its survey, the GRH APPG sought evidence from a range of sources including gambling firms, academics, charities, banks and gambling addicts. And in their conclusion, the Group say there is no need for any operator to offer stakes above £2; the limit on slots games at land-based casinos.
Carolyn Harris, who chairs the Group, says that there is a need for a major reform of online gambling and that the regulator should start with stake limits:
“It is not at all clear why the Gambling Commission is not looking at this as a matter of urgency. It is an abdication of its responsibility as a regulator. There must be consistent and appropriate regulation of all forms of gambling.”
Harris also said that the UK government should take a look at how gambling harm education and treatment are delivered in the UK. She also said that such issues should be overseen by public health bodies and not the charity Gamble Aware.
In addition, the Group has also called for a ban on the use of credit cards to gamble, and a restriction on VIP and other promotions designed to encourage gambling. And they called for a 1% statutory levy on online gambling operators to fund research and treatment.