UK Ministers Consider Credit Card Gambling Ban

The UK government could ban gamblers from using their credit cards to place bets if firms do not take more action to protect vulnerable customers, a senior minister has warned.

Culture secretary Jeremy Wright said he wanted more “social responsibility” from all businesses connected with the gambling industry, including banks.

Wright will meet with retail bankers and bookmakers to discuss the problem of gamblers getting into debt by betting with credit cards. Cards are used to wager as much as £8.6bn each year.

“Protecting people from the risks of gambling-related harm is vital and all businesses with connections to gambling — be that bookmakers, social media platforms or banks — must be socially responsible,” he said.

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