- Government should address problem gambling as a public health issue, not as part of business regulation.
- There should be stronger restrictions on gambling advertising
- The levels of stakes and prizes for gaming machines should be reduced
- Children should be prevented from playing on low value fruit machines
- Local authorities should have the power to limit the number of gambling premises in a particular area if there is local concern that there are too many
- Government should regularly monitor the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling and if it appears that problems are increasing they must do more to stop it.
The Church of Scotland works closely with a range of other Christian organisations on gambling policy. I will be asking them to write to Jeremy Hunt about how we can contribute for the benefit of everybody. Together we have produced a briefing on gambling issues, Against the odds…?