Sunday, 22 May 2016 10:12

SNP MP: UK Government must take action to reduce gambling harm

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SNP MP Ronnie Cowan  has said the  UK Government must take action to address the issue of gambling related harm.
According to statistics provided by the House of  Commons Library, there are an estimated 280,000 problem gamblers in Scotland and England.

Ronnie  Cowan has been campaigning for the money from dormant betting accounts to be used by the UK Government and given to assist those individuals and families who have been affected by gambling related harm.

Mr Cowan has  received a response letter, having raised the issue with the Prime Minister indicating, the Secretary of State for Culture
has taken on board the recommendations of the Use of Dormant Betting Accounts Report.

Ronnie Cowan said:

“The UK Government must take the much needed action to address the issue of gambling related harm and provide the necessary funding and
support to those individuals and families that have been affected.

“They cannot avoid or stall on their responsibility and commitment to provide the support for those hit by gambling related harm and distance
their links when it comes to dealing with the gambling industry.

“I hope to continue to address the issue of gambling related harm by raising the matter further at Westminster and at the upcoming.

All-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals which meets at Westminster, next week.”

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