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Headway welcomes credit card gambling ban

Tue 14 Jan 2020

Headway has welcomed the news that gambling using a credit card will be banned but has reiterated its calls for more to be done to protect brain injury survivors.

The ban, which starts on 14 April, comes after reviews of the industry by the Gambling Commission and the government. Last year Headway gave evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gambling Related Harm to explore the links between brain injury and gambling addiction.

Behavioural effects of brain injury, such as dis-inhibition, impulsiveness and obsessive behaviour, and cognitive effects, including memory loss and impaired reasoning, can make brain injury survivors more vulnerable to the addictive nature of gambling.

Luke Griggs, Deputy Chief Executive at Headway, said: “We’ve heard harrowing accounts of brain injury survivors losing huge amounts of money as a result of insufficient protections being put in place by online casinos. For example, one brain injury survivor lost £67,000 in just 40 minutes despite registering himself as being a vulnerable adult.

“The credit card ban is a helpful first step in protecting vulnerable people from gambling related harm. However, the government needs to do far more to force the gambling industry to better protect vulnerable people who have significant amounts of cash at their disposable. This includes brain injury survivors who may have at their disposal large compensation payments that were supposed to support them for the rest of their lives.

“This multi-billion industry can, and must, do so much more to protect vulnerable people like brain injury survivors from the often devastating consequences that problem gambling can inflict on people and their families.”

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