A group of British parliamentarians is campaigning for extending the £2 stake limit to online casino games as well. Earlier this year the reduced maximum stake limit on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) came into effect.
The MPs launched strong criticism of the UK Gambling Commission and said that it is “not fit for purpose.”
The Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) published its interim report on UK online gambling and raised some serious concerns about the increasing gambling addiction and consumer protection.
The report advocates that the £2 limit be placed on slot-machine style games like the FOBTs.
“This report highlights the urgent need for a root and branch review of the regulation of online gambling,” said the GRH APPG’s chair, Carolyn Harris MP.
“Stakes and prize limits online would be a major step forward in reducing the harm caused by the sector.
“It is not at all clear why the Gambling Commission is not looking at this as a matter of urgency. It is an abdication of its responsibility as a regulator.
“There must be consistent and appropriate regulation of all forms of gambling. I also urge the government to urgently review the provision of research, education, and treatment in the sector. GambleAware are not effectively carrying out this function and it should immediately be brought into a public health setting.”
The report argues that the reduction of stake limits on FOBTs to tackle gambling addiction proves that it is an effective measure and should be extended to online casino games as well.