Motion S4M-13840: Glasgow Anti-Gambling Initiative

28 Jul 2015

That the Parliament notes the new anti-problem gambling initiative being pioneered in Glasgow; believes that Glasgow has more betting shops per person than anywhere else in the UK; considers that problem gambling is a huge issue that can cause a great deal of social damage to individuals and their families, especially in poorer areas; understands that this scheme will mean that problem gamblers will be able to call a confidential helpline and request that they be refused service at any of the 36 participating city centre betting shops in Glasgow; believes that this means that individuals will not have to fill in different forms at every different operator; welcomes this new initiative; hopes that it will prove successful in supporting problem gamblers as they attempt to cope with their addiction, and looks forward to the scheme’s scope being widened beyond Glasgow city centre in years to come.