Liberal Democrats reveal proposals to tackle problem gambling and introduce ‘effective’ affordability checks

Liberal Democrats reveal proposals to tackle problem gambling and introduce ‘effective’ affordability checks

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  • Peter Scargill, Racing Post
June 10, 2024 5:11 PM

Introducing “effective” affordability checks and placing restrictions on gambling advertising are among the pledges made by the Liberal Democrats in the party’s manifesto for next month’s general election.

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Titled For A Fair Deal, the 117-page document launched on Monday contains no reference to horseracing, but does include a small section on the party’s plans for gambling should it be elected to govern on July 4.

Contained within the section on culture, media and sport, the Liberal Democrats outlined the intention to “combat the harms caused by problem gambling”.

The proposals focus on the introduction of a compulsory levy on betting companies to fund safer gambling projects, restricting advertising, establishing a gambling ombudsman and implementing “effective” affordability checks, while also cracking down on black market betting.