9 March 2023
Bridgen raises concerns at impact of cost of affordability checks on horse racing

Andrew Bridgen raises concerns about the cost of conducting betting affordability checks and the impact on the horse-racing levy which funds the sport, and asks if the Gambling Commission warned the Government on the impact this would have on horse racing.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Ind)

Although not legislated for, intrusive affordability guidelines from the Gambling Commission are estimated to be costing the British horse-racing levy at least £40 million a year and are driving punters either to the black market or away from the sport altogether. Will my right hon. and learned Friend outline to the House whether the Gambling Commission warned her Department of the impact those decisions would have on the sport?

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Lucy Frazer)

I assure my hon. Friend that the Government remain committed to supporting the horse-racing sector and have committed to review the levy by 2024.