Put a block on it

As Barclays is applauded for being the first high-street bank to let customers block gambling transactions – joining the likes of online banks Monzo and Starling – could other financial institutions follow suit to the point where it becomes a ubiquitous form of self-exclusion?

When Barclays announced on 11 December the launch of a feature allowing mobile banking app customers to ‘turn off’ debit card spending with certain types of retailers, the news garnered plenty of media coverage and was roundly welcomed. As well as supermarkets, restaurants, takeaways, filling stations, and premium rate websites and phone numbers, the simple…

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