The news about gambling legislation in the UK informs about the further delay of the publication of the government’s proposals on the Gambling Act review. The much-anticipated white paper is now likely to be presented only in May 2022.

The UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) kickstarted the gambling legislation review in December 2020. DCMS took this action in response to growing concerns about addiction to games of chance and children’s exposure to gambling via ads and sports sponsorships.

The authority was planning on publishing its proposals by the end of 2021. The government, however, postponed the launch to the beginning of 2022. The authority made this decision because of the reelection of the gambling minister when Chris Philp replaced John Whittingdale at this post. Now, the Guardian has found out from three trusted sources that the white paper publication is put off until May.

According to the media outlet, this news led to dissatisfaction and grievances among problem gambling campaigners, who have been calling for urgent reforms for some time now. 

Carolyn Harris, a chain in cross-party MP group that studies gambling harm, is concerned that the Gambling Act review could be disrupted by the uncertainty of the current Prime Minister’s future. It is known that Boris Johnson supports the reform of gambling legislation. Harris also reminded that the review was launched more than two years ago, and delays only result in more gambling harm in the country.

Another supporter of the reform is a co-founder of the charity Gambling with Lives, Liz Ritchie. She notes that every day someone commits suicide because of gambling-related harm.

DCMS members have been working on the reform with the UK gambling authority – the Gambling Commission – to enhance player protection and prevent addiction to games of chance among vulnerable people. The gambling regulator, however, doesn’t have enough resources for the project, as it is also currently picking the next National operator.

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