A government depart in Northern Ireland is expected to conduct a public gathering to address issues relating to problem gambling, this is according to a spokesperson who spoke to iGaming Business.
The spokesperson for North Ireland’s department of communities stated that it is their intention to hold a consultative meeting to ensure that the person who becomes minister for communities is adequately prepared to formulate a gambling policy when the NI assembly convenes.
Due to the absence of an executive assembly, the NI has not had any new law on gambling in the past few years. That includes the legislation that was passed last year that regulates maximum stakes on fixed betting terminals. Operators in NI voluntarily set a £2stake limit, as is the case in other parts of the United Kingdom.
The policy officer at CARE Northern Ireland, one Mark Baillie, stated that they had been informed of the plans to conduct a public conference. The officer thinks this is an important step in understanding problem gambling as a whole in NI, and he hopes that more policies will be established to once the executive assembly meets.
He also added that it is his hope that the gambling industry will not sway the meeting and that he looks forward to getting even more information from the department of communities on the consultation.