22 October 2008

Methodists call for the gambling industry to support problem gamblers

The Methodist Church has welcomed yesterday's Gambling Commission report and its recommendations. The report underlines the responsibility of the gambling industry to provide enough money to help people who are harmed by gambling.

David Bradwell, Policy Adviser for the Methodist Church in Britain, said; 'There are around a quarter of a million problem gamblers in the UK. We need more money to make sure that these people receive sufficient support and advice and that vulnerable people don't develop a problem with gambling.

'We support the 'polluter pays' principle. If not enough money is raised through the current voluntary system, we want to see the Government introducing compulsory payments by gambling businesses.

'In Britain we are way behind other countries, including Canada, South Africa and New Zealand in terms of dealing adequately with problem gambling. The Government and the Gambling Commission must look again at the international context and find out what more can be done in the UK to help people who are at risk of being exploited by gambling.'

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