|The biggest shake-up of the sector in 30 years is about to take place. A government-sponsored report is calling for a major liberalization of the gambling laws in the UK.|
Drawn up by Sir Alan Budd, the former treasury adviser, the proposals will see Britain casinos following in the footsteps of those in the U.S: where no prior registration is required and where alcohol can be consumed at the gaming tables. The report says that tackling under-age gambling whilst liberalizing the sector should be the government’s priority. Gamcare have welcomed the move towards a more socially responsible approach to gambling.
The report also recommends that the strict regulations governing where casinos can be located be swept away. The changes could see seaside towns such as Blackpool and Western-Super-Mare developing Las Vegas style ‘strips’. One thing that Budd is expected to rule out is betting in pubs, which the horse-racing industry has lobbied for. The Government is desperate to make Britain a world hub for gambling.