Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities (DfC) has announced its plans to realize a public consultation related to gambling.
“It’s crucial this consultation is wide-ranging and focuses on how we can get better information about the scale of problem gambling, as well as reforms to our existing laws,” Mark Baillie, policy officer of CARE NI charity said.
Tracy Meharg, the department’s current secretary has done everything to rush CARE NI charity into action. Also, she asked the stakeholders to be impartial in this matter.
Two years ago, Dfc published the results of a major gambling survey and it turned up that gambling in Northern Ireland is four times higher than in England, three times than in Scotland and twice higher than in Wales.
Even Northern Ireland Office (NIO) parliamentary under-secretary Lord Duncan has described the gambling problem level in the country as “extraordinary” during his speech in the House of Lords.