Liberal Democrats are working for much greater control over gambling advertising You can sign our petition here to:
- end all stadium gambling advertising
- end shirt and website sponsorship
- end tv advertising an hour before and an hour after any live game to be shown on tv including extra time and penalties
- end gambling league sponsorship throughout all levels of football
- end football clubs promoting gambling on social media.
The reasons why this is needed are made clear by The Big Step, a campaign to kick gambling ads out of football.
And they are emphasised almost every day by press stories such as these:
31 Jan 2022 Up to 1 million women in UK at risk of harm from gambling. The number of women seeking treatment for gambling addiction has doubled in the past five years
18 Feb 2022 When the gambling industry realised women were potential customers, it reeled them in. The migration to online gambling has removed barriers that stopped people betting. The industry needs reform, writes Ellie Mae O’Hagan, director of think tank Class, which has published a new report into online gambling.
19 Feb 2022 NHS severs links with GambleAware over industry connection concerns - Move comes as health service starts to distance itself from an industry officials believe is damaging UK’s mental health
21 Feb Jack Ritchie death: gambling addiction began as teenager, inquest hears - English teacher who took his own life in 2017 began using fixed-odds betting terminals while in the sixth form
9 Mar A moment that changed me: I walked into the bookies, won £72 in 12 seconds – and life was never the same. The first time I set foot in a bookmaker at 19, I became a gambling addict - spending millions of pounds. Then, in my darkest hour, my brother saved me and I vowed to help others recover
13 Mar Top NHS clinicians call for ‘addiction levy’ on gambling industry - Call for new independent health board to be created, funded by ‘polluter pays’ principle
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