Equipping Christians for the General Election

Where do the main parties stand on gambling?
Public Affairs

Problem gambling is profoundly destructive socially, undermining productivity in the workplace, generating significant pressure and hardship in families and can result in family breakdown and even suicide.  According to the Gambling Commission around 0.7% of adults in the UK (about a third of a million people) are problem gamblers and a further 5.5% are identified as at risk. CARE campaigns for better protections for problem gamblers in the UK.   Further information as to where CARE stands on Gambling issues can be accessed here.

Below are extracts from the manifestos of the larger political parties relating to gambling.

Alliance Party

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Conservative Party

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Democratic Unionist Party

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Green Party (England and Wales)

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Green Party in Northern Ireland

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Labour Party

Labour “will reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2. Labour will also legislate to increase the delay between spins to reduce the addictive nature of the games.” (pg. 88)

Liberal Democrats

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Plaid Cymru

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Scottish Greens

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Scottish National Party

“There is no doubt that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals cause harm and hardship in communities across Scotland. That’s why the Scottish Government needs legislative powers to control the growth and impact of these machines, and we believe the UK government should devolve these powers in full. The problem of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals is linked to the proliferation of betting shops in some communities and so we will continue to argue for Scotland to have full responsibility for the regulation of gambling.”(pg. 37)

Sinn Fein

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Social Democratic and Labour Party

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UKIP

UKIP reaffirms its 2015 Manifesto pledge to ‘Update licensing laws to limit the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to £2.’ (pg. 41)

Ulster Unionist Party

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