The government will publish a white paper on gambling reform in the coming weeks

The government has announced that it will publish a white paper on gambling reform in the coming weeks.

The Prime Minister is set to announce restrictions on the industry as part of the Gambling Act 2005 review, as current regulations require changes to accommodate growth in betting on line.

The Times reported that proposals to ban gambling companies from sponsoring shirts should be rejected in favor of striking a voluntary deal with Premier League clubs, while keeping the option of legislation reserved.

A spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport declined to comment on the speculation, but added: “We are undertaking the most comprehensive review of gambling laws in 15 years to ensure they are fit for the digital age.

“We will publish a white paper as part of a review of gambling legislation in the coming weeks.”

The government is reportedly announcing measures including online casinos with maximum stakes between £2 and £5, a ban on free bets and VIP packages for those with heavy losses, plus ‘non-intrusive’ accessibility controls .

Companies will also have to remove online features that increase the level of risk for customers, while the Gaming Commission will be given new powers as well as additional funding from increased fees paid by the industry.

The commission recently released figures showing online gambling was at its highest ever rate in the UK, with one in four Britons making bets.

The study published on April 26 indicates that 25.7% of the 4,018 people aged 16 or over surveyed had gambled online in the past four weeks, compared to 23.8% in the same period the previous year. and against 18.5% in the previous five years.

The survey, which asked respondents about gambling on four occasions between June 2021 and March 2022, also showed that 43% had gambled in general in the previous four weeks, which was a drop from participation rates. pre-pandemic by 47% in March 2020.

The most popular form of online gambling was sports betting, especially football, apart from the National Lottery and other lotteries.

Anyone concerned about their gambling, or that of a loved one, can visit BeGambleAware.org for free, confidential advice and support.

The National Gambling Helpline is available on 0808 8020 133 and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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