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ABSG Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms – Year Two

ABSG - Year two Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

6 - Online harms

The Online Harms Bill designed to strengthen protection is currently under Parliamentary scrutiny. ABSG’s advice called for the inclusion of gambling harms in this work25. The Government has also held a call for evidence in relation to lootboxes which has generated an unprecedented response rate. ABSG provided its advice to the Commission on this topic in February 2021. We note that whilst not captured as a gambling product, consumers – including children – experience these as gambling.26

The call for evidence creates an opportunity for the Government to consider how best to address the risks associated with these products within the wider debate about reducing harms from online activity.


25 Reducing online harms, ABSG, July 2019

26 Skins in the game (opens in new tab), Royal Society for Public Health, December 2019

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