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Help with budgeting and spending control

If you’re worried about money and finances as a result of your own or a loved one’s gambling, there are tools that can help you take back control of your spending.

Bank card gambling blocks 

Since April 2020, the Gambling Commission has banned gambling with credit cards. Customers of some UK financial services firms (banks) also have the option to activate a gambling block, which, when activated, prevents them from being able to pay for gambling using their debit card. This means that if a gambling block is switched on and a gambling transaction is attempted, it should be declined. Customers can find and enable gambling blocks by looking on their banking app or online banking account for spending controls, or can ask bank staff whether these are offered on their bank account.

To find out more and to see which banks are currently offering spending blocks, click here.

Self-exclusion

If you think you are spending too much time or money gambling in an arcade, betting shop, bingo venue or casino then ask staff for more information about self-exclusion schemes. Find out more about what self-exclusion is and how to self-exclude here.