Gambling Law

Stuart Andrew, the UK's Minister of Sports, to Become the Minister of Gambling.

Stuart Andrew would become the sixth minister since the UK government began its gambling policy review in December 2020 to assume responsibility for the UK gambling white paper.

Stuart Andrew, the UK's Minister of Sports, to Become the Minister of Gambling.
Stuart Andrew, the UK's Minister of Sports, to Become the Minister of Gambling.

The Racing Post reported that Stuart Andrew, the Sports Minister, is expected to take over as the Gambling Minister from Paul Scully. Andrew's appointment indicates that the white paper publication process can be restarted, even though the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not officially confirmed it.

The UK government's proposed changes for the gambling sector have encountered several setbacks, which have angered business leaders in the sector. The most recent delay is a result of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's recent cabinet upheaval, which saw Paul Scully, the former gambling minister, transferred to another department. Both the racing and gambling businesses, who had found Scully eager to listen to their concerns, consider his departure to be a setback.

The white paper is anticipated to address a number of issues, including affordability checks, a statutory operator levy to support research, education, and treatment of problem gambling, advertising and sponsorship by gambling companies, and lower stakes for online slot games to replicate those found at physical premises.

Many political challenges had to be overcome before the UK's white paper on gambling regulation could be published. The release was initially planned for the spring of 2022, but once Chris Philp, the minister in charge of gambling, resigned and Boris Johnson left, things became even less certain.

The succeeding MP, Liz Truss, failed to release the white paper during her brief tenure in office. So, it ultimately fell upon Rishi Sunak and his administration to complete the gambling review. 

Despite opposition from sector supporters, Sunak declared his determination to prioritise the gambling review and adopt a more creative strategy. Stakeholders in the gaming business are still waiting for the white paper, despite assurances from gambling minister Paul Scully made in December that it would be released in a few weeks.

With the Easter break quickly approaching, it is hoped that the new gaming minister will finally provide the eagerly anticipated white paper, providing the UK gambling industry with some much-needed clarity.

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