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Govt to introduce "circuit breakers" for frequent casino gamblers

Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament on Friday that it is also about helping those with complex needs through other ways like counselling and protection.

SINGAPORE: Strengthening social safety nets isn't just about disbursing more money.

Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament on Friday that it is also about helping those with complex needs through other ways like counselling and protection.

One group is the low-income with a gambling problem.

Mr Chan said: "There is a need to protect these Singaporeans and their families from the potential harm of hard gambling.

"We are looking into targeted measures to protect the financially vulnerable and introducing "circuit breakers" for local frequent casino gamblers.

"One part of this will be extending third-party casino exclusions to more groups receiving ComCare assistance.

"For other financially vulnerable groups, we are now studying with relevant agencies whether to extend exclusion coverage to them.

"We will finalise the details within the next few months."

Source: CNA/ck

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