UK Council Wants to Restrict Gambling Adverts

UK Council Wants to Restrict Gambling Adverts

According to research cited by the Local Government Association (LGA) on their website, nearly one in nine children aged 11-15 are "following" gambling companies on social media.

This same research also noted that people aged 16-24 show the second highest rates of problem gambling in the UK.

The LGA, formed of local councils in the UK, also pointed out that figures from the UK broadcast regulator, Ofcom, showed that gambling adverts soared by a whopping 5,000% between 2007 (when gambling firms were first permitted to advertise on TV) and 2012.

The discovery of this research and the statistics has lead to the LGA feeling that betting advertisements need "greater restrictions" to help reduce the risk of young people developing gambling problems.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board, declared the following:

“The rise in both televised sporting events, such as Premier League football, and gambling advertising means viewers, particularly children, are being exposed to increasing amounts of gambling brands and betting messages."

“The Government should seriously consider tighter restrictions on gambling advertising that is easily accessible to, and seen by children,” Blackburn added.

Moreover, the LGA has backed calls for the UK government to reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals. Presently, punters can bet up to £100 per spin, but many campaign groups and MPs want the top stake to be reduced to £2.

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