Gambling self-exclusion software provider Gamban have partnered with Lloyds Banking Group – owner of British high street banks Halifax, Lloyds and Bank of Scotland – that will allow customers access to its site blocking software.
Through the partnership, customers of any Lloyds Banking Group app can use Gamban to exclude themselves from gambling websites free of charge.
“We know that gambling-related harm can have serious and long term impacts on our customers and we are committed to making sure they can easily access a wide range of support,” Elyn Corfield, managing director for consumer finance at Lloyds said.
This comes in addition to the Gambling Transaction Freeze feature Lloyds Banking Group have already introduced, which allow customers to block all gambling-related payments.
“In addition to our card controls that allow the freezing of gambling transactions we are delighted to have developed a pilot with Gamban offering our customers three months free access to their software, providing another level of protection,” Corfield said.
Jack Symons, founder of Gamban, said he was pleased to see banks take action against gambling-related harm.
“It’s very positive to see forward-thinking banking institutions such as Lloyds Banking Group rise to the challenge of protecting vulnerable customers from gambling addiction through barriers such as spend control and collaboration with market-leading gambling-blocking technology, Gamban,” Symons said.
Several British banks have made moves to limit introduce gambling controls recently, as a cross-sector approach to gambling-related harm has become more prevalent. Starling Bank launched gambling blocks in June 2018, with Monzo following later in the year and Barclays as the first high street institution in December 2018.