A recent survey carried out by YouGov has revealed how the British public feels about the possibility of new affordability and loss limits being introduced to the betting industry.
The topic has been the subject of several press articles in recent months, ever since the UK Gambling Commission called for public consultation on bringing in £100 loss limits to better protect consumers.
However, various experts and representatives for the betting industry have expressed concern that such limits could simply mask the issue of problem gambling. They are also worried that the horse racing industry stands to lose more than £60m from the betting levy.
While the UKGC is considering what businesses have to say about the issue, the YouGov survey aimed to find out how the average punter felt about the proposed changes. It would seem that bettors are not overly keen on allowing the government to take control over yet another aspect of their daily lives.
Out of the 1,683 adults that were asked about the possible £100 limits that could be enforced by politicians, 51% said that they were against them, 27% said they support them, and 22% were undecided.
The poll, which was commissioned by the UK Betting and Gaming Council, also revealed that almost 60% of adults believe that too many betting limitations will push people towards illegal and unlicensed black-market betting operations. This is because black-market sites do not have the same sort of safeguards in place as regulated sites, such as player protection tools (e.g. reality checks and deposit/stake limits), and age and ID verification checks.
The BGC has also been holding focus groups through the north of England and the Midlands which have shown that millions of Britons see gambling as a “normal social and leisure pastime” and are wary (following COVID-19 restrictions) of the government imposing “more control on how they live their lives”.