UK betting shops may have to keep more than one member of staff on duty at all times as a duty of care to problem gamblers under plans being considered by a government inquiry.
Lord Grade, whose committee is investigating the potential damage to society from gambling since the Gambling Act 2005 came into force, said the move was one of the recommendations being considered.
He said the practice of lone working in betting shops meant staff were too stretched to spot and help gamblers at risk of becoming addicted.
“Lone working is a question,” he said. “It all comes under some sort of duty of care.”