COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Salvation Army uses poll to oppose plan to extend gambling

The Salvation Army is using an NOP poll to demonstrate to the Government that more than 80 per cent of the public oppose government proposals to relax current gambling laws.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is making proposals that would allow the use of credit cards to gamble, and would allow the under-18s to play fruit machines. The consultation period for the draft Gambling Bill closed last month.

According to the NOP poll, which was commissioned by the Salvation Army, 94 per cent of respondents believed that using credit cards would put people at greater risk of incurring gambling debts. And 82 per cent believed that young people under the age of 18 should not be allowed to play fruit machines.

"The theme running through our research is that the Government is out of step with the public on many issues that were raised in the draft Gambling Bill," said a spokesman for the charity.

"There will be greater profits for the gambling industry, and the Government will raise money from increased tax revenue. We can see who the winners are, but there will be losers too."

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