A report by the Gambling Commission published in September 2017 estimated that around 430,000 people in the UK suffer from a serious gambling habit. More than more than 2 million people in the UK are either problem gamblers, or at risk of addiction.
Despite this - some gambling companies, driven by greed, are deliberately targeting our poorest communities even as hundreds of thousands of lives are ruined by addiction.
This has to stop. Gambling companies must be held to account for this abuse of trust and power. That's why I've announced that Labour will conduct a review into NHS mental health services’ ability to deal with gambling addiction, in the face of mounting evidence that the UK’s hidden gambling addiction is growing. The review will look at whether the NHS has the resources and expertise it needs to treat those affected by gambling addiction, and what improvements could be made.
It will also investigate whether the gambling industry should make a greater contribution to funding the cost of treatment, including through the use of a compulsory hypothecated levy.
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