According to an article in Daily Mail on Thursday, following a last-minute intervention by Minister for Government Efficiency Jacob Rees-Mogg, the long-awaited review of the Gambling Act could now be held back or "even neutered." According to the report, Rees-Mogg has complained that the "nanny state" proposals represent an "unwarranted intervention in people's lives and should be ditched."

From Daily Mail:

'It's ideological with him he doesn't think the state has a role in dealing with problem gambling despite the misery it causes. For now he is using delaying tactics raising a whole load of questions about the details but it looks like his agenda is to block it.'

Any delay to the review will fuel concerns that a clampdown on the gambling industry could be watered down further. Campaigners are already alarmed at reports that a proposed levy to help treat problem gamblers could be dropped.

And there is concern a planned ban on gambling firms sponsoring Premier League football clubs and teams across other sports could be replaced by voluntary measures. However, a planned cap on stakes at online casinos of between 2 and 5 has so far survived, bringing the industry into line with machines in high street betting shops.

Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said it was 'nonsense' to describe the curbs as a nanny state intervention. He added that Britain's gambling laws are hopelessly outdated and unable to deal with the explosion in online betting.

Sir Iain said: 'Gambling companies are behaving atrociously. People need protection because they are getting into terrible difficulties. We have a situation where companies are making huge sums from people's misery some of these people are getting into horrendous debts and even committing suicide.'
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