Gambling Watch is a welcome addition to the gambling landscape. The last few years have seen many changes as regards gambling: it is now widely advertised on the media, particularly via sporting events and on television - and advertising can include ‘free’ offers to get you started. Many Local Authorities are concerned about the number of gambling premises in their areas, but they can’t refuse them just on the grounds they think there are too many. In the meanwhile, there has been a rise in the number of people who experience problems with gambling.
Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs, which has been active on gambling in recent years, recognises that there is a wider debate to be had about these broader issues. Are our attitudes and behaviour changing as regards gambling? Are we happy with the way things are going? The gambling industry represents its views (as it has a legitimate right to do) – but until now there have been few voices expressing a perspective that questions the social effects. Gambling Watch UK can add an informed and distinctive voice, and we look forward to hearing it.
Quaker Peace and Social Witness supports the establishment of Gambling Watch UK