Collins will continue to lead on gambling reform

Collins will continue to lead on gambling reform

Summary:

Damian Collins has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Chris Philp, who left office during the month of resignations protesting Boris Johnson’s continued leadership of the Conservative party, was replaced by Collins on July 8, 2022. The review has been led by the fourth minister since it began.

Chris Philp left office during the month of resignations protesting Boris Johnson’s continued leadership of the Conservative party, and was replaced by Collins.

His leadership coincides with a period of change for UK gambling policy. A review of the 2005 Gambling Act is currently underway, with a white paper expected to be released in the coming months.

Collins is the fourth minister to lead the review since it began, with Philp taking over from John Wittingdale. He is the first minister to have responsibility for the review.

According to reports last week, the new government intends to completely abandon all efforts at gambling reform.

The lottery sector is undergoing a shake-up, with the Gambling Commission announcing just days ago that the fourth National Lottery licence had been formally awarded to new applicants. The previous holder wasCamelot, which held the licence since 1994.

The BGC commented on the appointment of Damian Collins, saying: “This appointment is thoroughly deserved, and we wish the minister every success.”

A short message of congratulations was sent by the chairman of the organisation, Michael Dugher.

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) was one of the charities that was harmed by youth-orientated gambling. We are looking forward to working with you in this important role.

Collins will be working under the new secretary of state. Donelan had been a critic of the industry before he came into that role.

Collins is the chair of the joint committee on the draft internet safety law and has served as a member of parliament for Folkestone and Hythe since the 2010 general election. He presided over the House of Commons DCMS select committee from 2016 to 2019.