William Hill has entered into a consultation process over plans to close around 700 of its shops across the UK, as it seeks to rearrange its business following the decision to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).
“This action shows just how seriously the NHS takes the threat of gambling addiction, even in young people, but we need to be clear – tackling mental ill health caused by addiction is everyone’s responsibility – especially those firms that directly contribute to the problem,” Stevens said.
The Gambling Commission is responsible for the licensing and regulation of an industry which is increasingly recognised as having a major impact on the mental health and wellbeing of its customers.
GVC Holdings has stepped up its responsible gambling efforts with a call to end all sportsbook broadcast advertising in the UK.
Over the last year, the Committees of Advertising Practice (the CAP), has taken an increasingly robust view on gambling ads. Last year, it announced tougher standards to be imposed on gambling advertising after its review of gambling advertising revealed that – whilst advertising did not itself play a causal role in problem gambling – claims, imagery and approaches were deployed that may unduly influence people to behave irresponsibly.
UK advertising regulators CAP and BCAP are ready to roll out new standards, set to come into force on 1 April, which will change the ways in which…
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