Hemel Hempstead MP welcomes ban on gambling with credit cards

Hemel Hempstead MP Sir Mike Penning has today welcomed the announcement that it will not be possible to gamble with a credit card after April 14 this year.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 12:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 12:53 pm

The former minister said: “This is something I have long campaigned for and I am absolutely delighted. It has always seemed completely irresponsible that people have been able to gamble with money they do not have.”

“I am not a killjoy, I enjoy an occasional flutter on the Grand National as much as anyone else, but gambling addiction is a serious matter and devastates the lives of those affected and their families.”

“I have had constituents contact me who are their wits end and facing substantial losses and even financial ruin. It is very distressing and frightening for those involved.”

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Sir Mike added: “Whilst this is welcome, I would like to see the Government go further. I am very concerned about excessive advertising on TV during sport, the advertising of ‘free bets’ and the accessibility of ATM machines in casinos.”