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Labour plans overhaul of online gambling laws

Labour is calling for an overhaul of gambling laws after finishing a year-long study into problem gambling, which it says must be treated as a "public health emergency".
The changes would include allowing addicts to tell their banks to stop online gambling transactions, and a "whistle to whistle" ban on gambling adverts during live sport events.
They would also introduce a compulsory levy on gambling firms of 1% of the money they bring in, minus their payouts, to fund treatments for addicts.Gambling operators currently pay a voluntary 0.1% donation towards problem gambling treatment, research, and education.Labour MPs Tom Watson and Jonathan Ashworth conducted the research and consulted gambling addiction specialists, charities, industry bodies as well as addicts themselves.Experts support tackling the ease with which problem gamblers can use their credit cards online, and say they are concerned about children seeing gambling adverts.
Labour plans overhaul of online gambling laws

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Tom Watson says problem gambling is 'Britain's hidden epidemic'
Mr Watson, the party's deputy leader and shadow culture secretary, said the "world class framework for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling" would be in Labour's next manifesto.He said: "Problem gambling is Britain's hidden epidemic and we must treat it as a public health emergency."Current gambling regulation is not up to the job of protecting addicts and those at risk of addiction.
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