Online gambling, addiction and the debts that follow

Britain’s online gambling business is set to be worth £2billion this year, with some nine million people in the country gambling via their computers and mobile phones. 

Gambling addiction is said to be rising significantly, with experts suggesting that the number of people in danger of becoming problem gamblers is approach a million.

Figures from the British Gambling Prevalence Survey (BGPS) suggest that  some 450,000 people with a gambling problem have an average debt of £17,500 each. 

 The Government published the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill, amending the 2005 Act, in December 2012, and MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee begin hearing evidence on Tuesday 29 January 2013.

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