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The UK’s Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group has revealed its official plans and updates for 2020.
The first item on the agenda was the elections for the members of the Group. The Chair of the GRH APPG is Carolyn Harris MP, who was elected for the second time. Acting as Vice-Chairs of the Group will be The Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Lord Foster, and Sammy Wilson MP.
The UKGC’s decision to restrict credit cards in online casinos was appreciated by the GRH APPG. The Group was responsible for the introduction of the ban, as it was first mentioned in its interim report. The interim report on online gambling was issued in November 2019. As the recommendation was accepted and put in motion, the Group plans to push for more projects. That includes more initiative for the rest of the recommendations the Group offered in the report.
GRH APPG will complete the final report by enlisting the help of the Gambling Minister and UKGC officials. They will be asked to appear before the Group and contribute to the report. The final report is expected to appear in the following months.
The Group also announced evidence sessions that should provide recommendations to the Gambling Review. The Gambling Review is due this year, as the Government must finalize it before the new Gambling Act. As it was announced, the evidence sessions will encompass all forms of harm in the gambling industry.
Considering the new work programme and bold plans for the new year, the Chair of the Group Carolyn Harris MP said:
“The APPG is not anti-gambling, we support a safe and sustainable industry. Our primary concern is to continue to champion the cause for better regulation and we are determined that all parts of the industry should operate openly, fairly and in a way that does not prey on vulnerable people.”