On 23rd, 25th & 26th November 2020 the Bishop of St Albans received written answers to questions on gambling advertising, rehabilitation, education and football:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement that Burnley FC are working with the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust to educate staff and supporters about the risks of gambling, what representations they have made to the Premier League to encourage clubs to adopt similar initiatives. [HL10378]
Baroness Barran: Sporting bodies have a responsibility to consider the welfare of their staff and fans, and we welcome efforts, such as those of Burnley FC and others, to educate their staff and supporters about the risks associated with problem gambling.
The Government works closely with the Premier League on a wide range of issues including those related to social responsibility and community engagement.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plans to ban advertisements that promote unhealthy lifestyles will be extended to gambling advertisements. [HL10379]
Baroness Barran: In the Tackling Obesity strategy published in July, government announced its intention to introduce a 9pm watershed on TV and online for advertising products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS). This strategy also said we wanted to go further online. Therefore on Tuesday 10th November, government published a new consultation on its proposal for a total online restriction in HFSS advertising. We have been clear that during the media our children use the most, we want to ensure the food and drink advertised promotes a healthy balanced diet. This is particularly important because obesity is one of the biggest health crises the country faces, with 1 in 3 children leaving primary school overweight or obese.
The government has committed to review the Gambling Act 2005 to make sure it is fit for the digital age. Further details will be announced in due course.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report by GambleAware Annual Statistics from the National Gambling Treatment Service (Great Britain), published on 29 October, what steps they are taking to encourage those affected by gambling-related harm to seek help. [HL10186]
Lord Bethell: The Government remains committed to the treatment of gambling-related harms.
The NHS Long Term Plan announced the creation of an additional 14 specialist problem gambling clinics by 2023/24, three of which are already up and running. The NHS England Northern Gambling Service in Leeds opened last summer and includes satellite sites in Manchester and Sunderland.
Work continues on the phased expansion of these services, enabling the National Health Service to explore how best to use existing treatment models to reach those in most need of support.
The Department is working collaboratively with key delivery partners to support the integration and expansion of treatment services and improve public awareness. GambleAware launched a new campaign during February and March to raise awareness of the treatment available through the National Gambling Treatment Service.