It has been reported by iGB that Downing Street has expressed a desire to intervene in the ongoing problem of the Gambling Act white paper. The act has been on pause as Downing Street recovers from a string of Prime Ministers and cabinet reshuffles, as we covered last year.
The newest Tech and Digital Economy Minister, Paul Scully, spoke at a general meeting on the 26th of January about the timeline of the Gambling Act white paper and the need for it to balance both consumer and industrial interests.
But iGB has hinted that there could be further delays, saying: “iGB understands that Downing Street may step in to advise on revisions of the document if it is not happy with the contents and that ministerial consultations have not yet begun.”
Gambling Minister Paul Scully said: “I want to be clear though, that the white paper is not the final word on gambling reform. It will be followed by consultations led by both DCMS and the Gambling Commission. I want the industry to stay engaged as policies are refined, finalised, and implemented.
“We are putting the finishing touches to our white paper, making the final decisions, and preparing for publication. We’re a matter of weeks away from you all seeing it, and then we can start the process of nailing down details and implementing reforms.”