UK government review of gambling laws now not expected until May

UK government review of gambling laws now not expected until May

Article brief provided by The Guardian
  • Rob Davies, The Guardian
February 6, 2022 10:52 PM
  • Rob Davies, The Guardian

    Long-awaited government proposals to reform gambling laws are now unlikely to to be published until May, the Guardian understands, in a fresh delay that prompted a Labour MP to urge that turmoil within the Tory party must not disrupt the process.

    The department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) launched a review of gambling laws in December 2020, amid mounting concern over addiction and children’s exposure through advertising and football sponsorship.

    A white paper was originally due to be published before the end of 2021 but was postponed until early 2022 after a cabinet reshuffle that saw John Whittingdale replaced as gambling minister by Chris Philp.