Northern Ireland Seeks Advice and Research into Gambling Regulations

25 Dec 2019

Northern Ireland has agreed upon a public consultation which will begin looking into the rules on gambling regulations. The idea is to look more closely into the laws that govern gambling and figure out how to better apply these rules to the current gambling services operating within the country.

The Department Communities secretary, Tracy Meharg, is the one who begins this proposal. She said that “it is very important to recognise that for some people, gambling has the potential to cause considerable harm. Any future changes to the law must balance the interests of the gambling industry with the need for regulation to protect vulnerable people”.

She is fully aware of the fact of how important gambling has been for this country, how it has brought in a great form of entertainment for the player base but also bringing in a great source of income for the government. However, with increased risks in gambling-related disorders, it has come to her attention that something must be put in place to prevent this further.

The current gambling regulations that are in place must be reviewed and updated with the latest information and changed accordingly. The government itself already comes at a severe disadvantage, with falling behind in terms of industry and technological advancements. The current gambling regulator named The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, will be looked into thoroughly with this new source of information.

This Order was in development before the creation of the internet, which means that it already fails at being knowledgeable on the current era of online gambling. The primary aims for this newly updated regulator will be to look into remote gambling and consumer protection.

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