The United Kingdom government announced it is considering banning the use of credit cards in gambling.
The Gambling Commission will launch a call for evidence on the matter in February 2019, adding that a regulation could follow, according to The Guardian Reports. The move is part of an effort by the government to help addicts opt out of betting.
The government welcomes initiatives from banks, including Barclays, Lloyds, Santander, and the Royal Bank of Scotland, allowing customers to switch off gambling transactions through their mobile apps.
The launch of GamStop, the industry’s own scheme, was due for the end of 2017 but has been delayed, amid concern from the Gambling Commission that people who use it may still be sent promotional material encouraging them to bet.