UK: Monzo urges govt. to allow customers to enable gambling block features

imagesource:The Conversation
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The online lender, Monzo has written an open letter to the UK government and has insisted the govt. to allow everyone access to a gambling block feature.

The lender has done so in cooperation with researchers and charities who have urged the govt. to help people control their gambling habits.

The letter was addressed to sports minister Nigel Huddleston, who is currently leading a review of the 2005 Gambling Act.

The letter insisted the govt. to provide tools to the banks and other account providers that would enable them to bar themselves from making any gambling transactions on a debit card.

The letter read: “We believe the Government should take the opportunity afforded by the Gambling Act review to make sure every consumer in the UK can access these blocks – regardless of who they bank with,” the letter read.

“These tools are simple to build, proven to work, and will help protect hundreds of thousands of people.”

As per Gambling Insider reports, the letter continued: “The Government will also need to take steps to future proof these tools, and address new developments in the online gambling market to make sure such comprehensive payment blockers and harm reduction measures work today, next year, and in the decades to come.”