Solely 10% of pubs intervene to cease youngsters playing on their premises, the Playing Fee has discovered.
The watchdog stated it had discovered a “regarding” variety of pubs the place children used gaming machines.
Pub employees are anticipated to stop under-18s enjoying on the machines and there ought to be clear signage indicating the age restriction.
The British Beer and Pub Affiliation stated it took the findings “very severely”.
The Playing Fee stated it had been working with native police and licensing authorities to verify pubs had been performing throughout the regulation.
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It stated the 89% price of failure – discovered throughout a pattern of pubs – was a lot worse than the 15% to 30% failure price seen in different industries promoting age-restricted merchandise, corresponding to alcohol or tobacco.
Helen Rhodes, programme director on the Playing Fee, stated: “We’re extraordinarily involved that pubs throughout England are failing to cease youngsters enjoying gaming machines designed for adults.
“We urgently name on the pub sector to take motion instantly to implement the legal guidelines in place to guard youngsters and younger folks.”
Brigid Simmonds, chief govt of the British Beer and Pub Affiliation (BBPA), stated that pubs ought to provide a “protected and pleasant atmosphere for households”.
“We now have ensured that every one of our members are conscious of each the BBPA’s and Playing Fee’s codes of apply and we’re already taking steps to develop a social constitution for accountable playing, to be used by licensees and pub firms.
“Nonetheless given the significance of this challenge we’re searching for pressing conferences with the Playing Fee and native authorities to make sure applicable motion is taken.”
On Tuesday the federal government promised to deliver ahead a lower to the utmost wager on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) amid stress from MPs.
It had initially deliberate to scale back the stake from £100 to £2 in October subsequent yr, however will now accomplish that from April.
FOBTs have been criticised for encouraging extreme playing and exposing folks to the danger of dependancy, and the social, psychological and monetary issues related to playing.