The House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry will be studying the current state of the UK gambling industry with a focus on how people develop compulsive online gambling habits and also “gamblification’ of sport.
It would also be examining with more accuracy, the current estimates of the extent of the harms from UK’s gambling addiction. The select committee would also be reviewing how the country’s gambling industry has been contributing enough towards research, education, and treatment of problem gamblers, and whether those who need help have access to such services.
The committee is currently seeking evidence. Committee chairman Lord Grade of Yarmouth said: “We know that the effects of gambling on individuals and families can be devastating. This Committee seeks further to understand the issues, in an area where concrete evidence is lacking, and to explore options for improvement.”
“The Committee is keen to receive evidence from a wide range of individuals, organizations and any sectors or groups in society affected. We encourage anyone with experience of the issues to share their views, and participate in this vital inquiry.”
Earlier this week, Labour party deputy leader, Tom Watson once again called for introducing a mandatory levy for gambling operators in the country. He had also been vocal about the increasing gambling addiction and had urged the UKGC to revoke the licenses of all online gambling operators who got their licenses before 2104.