Ahead of the March 31 FOBT stake cap, the UK Parliament’s Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All-Party Parliamentary Group is to be reinstated, renamed and granted a wider remit.
Becoming the APPG for Gambling-Related Harm, the committee will retain MP Carolyn Harris as chair, and investigate the impact online gambling has on young people.
“Many of us are deeply concerned about the harms caused by online gambling and particularly the impact and harm of online gambling on children,” said Harris.
“We are therefore beginning our new work programme but undertaking an inquiry looking at the harm caused specifically by online gambling.”
Vice-chairmanship of the group will be held by Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith, SNP MP Ronnie Cowan and Democratic Unionist Party MP Jim Shannon.
Cowan also held a policy fair in the House of Commons on 15 January, in partnership with GambleAware, to discuss potential strategies for reducing harm to vulnerable people.