UK Politicians Ponder Problem Gambling Levy, Sports Advertising Ban

The UK government is considering a mandatory levy on gambling firms to help fund research and problem gambling prevention if the industry is unable to meet its £10m GambleAware donation target by April.

Speaking at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, Mim Davies, the head of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), referred to the levy while discussing online gambling protection with fellow politicians.

“I want to see the industry meet GambleAware’s target of £10m by April. We want the voluntary system to work, but if it does not, I don’t rule out other ways of funding support that could include a mandatory levy,” said Davies.

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