Assessing the Impact of Online Gambling Inquiry

*On Monday 4 November 2019, the group published its interim report on this inquiry. Please click here to download the report.* 

The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group will be holding their Annual General Meeting on the 21st January at 12.30pm. For more information please contact the Secretariat E:

The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) is undertaking an inquiry into the harms caused by online gambling and looking at remedies and recommendations to address these.

Please see below for the sessions of this inquiry:

Wednesday 27th March, 2pm

  • Assessing the Impact on people harmed by online gambling  
    • Former Online Gamblers
    • Liz and Charles Ritchie, Gambling with Lives
    • Dr Clare Mills, Headway

Wednesday 24th April, 2pm

  • Assessing the Current Harm Prevention Provision
    • Micah Willbrand, Managing Director, Experian
    • Steve Moffatt, Public Policy Manager, Addaction
    • Sarah Williams-Gardener, Director of Public Affairs, Starling Bank
    • Stuart McFadden, Head of Financial Difficulties, Monzo Bank
    • Fiona Palmer, CEO, The National Online Self Exclusion Scheme
    • Matt Zarb-Cousin, Director, GamBan
    • Robin Caller, CEO, Overmore Group

Wednesday 8th May, 2pm

  • Assessing the Current Treatment Provision
    • Lee Willows, Founder and Chief Executive, Young Gamblers Education Trust
    • Anna Hemmings, Chief Executive, GamCare
    • Dr Stephen Sharman, University of East London
    • Helen Undy , Chief Executive, Money and Mental Health
    • Duncan Stephenson, Director of Marketing and External Affairs, Royal Society for Public Health
    • Caroline Norrie, Research Fellow, King’s College London

Wednesday 12th June, 2pm

  • Assessing the Impact – The Gambling Industry
    • Dr Heather Wardle, Assistant Professor, LSHTM
    • Wes Himes, Interim Chief Executive,  Remote Gambling Association
    • Gillian Wilmot, Chair, Senet Group (Invited)
    • Nigel Railton, CEO, Camelot
    • Aisling Ni Chonaire, Senior Adviser, The Behavioural Insights Team

Wednesday 10th July, 1pm

  • Assessing the Impact 
    • Kate Lampard CBE, Chair, GambleAware
    • Dr Henerietta Bowden-Jones, Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic and Spokesperson on Behavioural Addictions for the Royal College of Psychiatrists
    • Matthew Gaskell, Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Lead, NHS Northern Gambling Service
    • Dr  Stephanie Bramley, Research Associate, NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London
    • Simon Miller, Head of Government Affairs, Three UK
    • Ben Clay,   Senior Associate Solicitor, Lupton Fawcett LLP
    • Katie Fry, Gambling Support Service Project Manager, Citizens Advice Bureau

Wednesday 4th September, 2pm

  • Assessing the Impact – The Gambling Industry (Operators)
    • John Coates, Joint Chief Executive, Bet365
    • Phil Walker, MD of Online for the UK and Ireland, William Hill
    • Ian Proctor, CEO, Sky Betting and Gaming
    • Dan Taylor, CEO of Europe, Flutter Entertainment
    • Phil Cronin, CEO, Tombola
    • Kenny Alexander, CEO, GVC Holdings (Invited)
    • Simon Wykes, CEO, Jackpotjoy Group (Invited)
    • Fred Done, CEO, Betfred (Invited)

Wednesday 12th February, 2pm

  • The Gambling Commission
    • Neil McArthur, CEO, Gambling Commission

Monday 4th May 2020, 9am

  • Advertising Harm
    • Professor Samantha Thomas, Deakin University in Australia
    • James Grimes,The Big Step, Gambling Charity 

Monday 11th May 2020, 9am

  • Treatment and online restrictions which would prevent harm
    • Dr Matt Gaskell, Clinical Lead & Consultant Psychologist for The NHS Northern Gambling Clinics
    • Danny Cheetham, former gambler

Monday 18th May 2020, 9am

  • Gambling Advertising
    • Shahriar Coupal, The Advertising Standards Authority


  • Charter Signing – To End the Promotion of Gambling in Football
    • John Peel, Chairman of Lewes Football Club


Assessing the Impact of Online Gambling Inquiry

Inquiry Terms of Reference



The newly formed Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) has previously announced that it will be undertaking an inquiry into the harms caused by online gambling and looking at remedies and recommendations to address these.

Scope of the inquiry

This inquiry will examine the full impact of online gambling, the addictive and potentially harmful nature of some of the products on offer and their effect on the vulnerable, in particular, children.

This inquiry will also explore the effectiveness of age and identity verification mechanisms as well as efficacy of self-exclusion schemes and current provisions for problem and at-risk gamblers.

Amongst other areas, The Group will also look at the use of credit cards online, difficulties in withdrawal of funds from online accounts, the impact of the current level of stakes and prizes online, and social media and the impact of advertising.

The APPG is seeking written submissions that address the following issues:

  • What are the potential links between online gambling and harmful gambling?
  • Should there be restrictions on the amount individuals can spend on online gambling in a session?
  • What are the effects of the current fund deposit and withdrawal process on problem or at-risk gamblers?
  • Are the self-exclusion provisions currently available to problem and at-risk gamblers sufficient?
  • Should there be stronger measures to verify age and identity of online gambling customers?
  • What are the policy measures Government can put in place to better protect individuals from gambling harm online?
  • Should the Government review the current stake and prizes level online?
  • Does the regulator have sufficient powers to protect individuals from gambling harm online?
  • Are remote gaming and betting companies doing enough to protect at-risk or problem gamblers from harm?
  • What is the impact of social media and online advertising on the amount customers spend online gambling?
  • What are the effects of in-game spending, such as loot boxes, particularly on children, and does it need stronger monitoring or regulation?
  • Should the use of credit cards to gamble online be restricted?
  • Are new measures needed to better protect children from gambling harm?

The GRH APPG invites written evidence from the public, organisations, industry bodies and academics, on the terms of reference by 14th March 2019.

To submit written evidence, please contact the secretariat for the Group:  E:

Each submission should be in Word format and include a contact name, organisation name, contact email address and telephone number.

The Group will announce its oral evidence sessions, shortly. If you would like to appear before the group, please contact the group secretariat by 27th February 2019 .