Archive | July, 2017

More of the same in the coming year

The Gambling Commission has published its Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17 that are available here or can be downloaded below. The introductory statement by the Commission’s chairman Bill Moyes indicates that the Commission’s key themes are set to continue in the coming year. He says: “The gambling industry provides entertainment that many people value and […]

Grave new world order for British gambling operators

David Clifton explains why two recent events – a Gambling Commission speech at the IAGA International Gaming Summit and the Commission’s new enforcement strategy – have served to disclose a clear dichotomy between: on the one hand, the Commission’s very firmly held opinion that the gambling industry must take its social responsibilities seriously and focus more on what […]

Cost and performance benchmarking for pubs

Those operating, or looking to operate, a pub or bar will be assisted greatly by two separate benchmarking guides published in the last two days by each of the BBPA and the ALMR. The BBPA’s “Running a pub” guide provides the latest data for tenants and lessees on typical operating costs in the UK pub […]

A tale of two fat ladies and Danny La Rue

David Clifton explains why a recent Court of Appeal judgment in the litigation between Greene King and the Gambling Commission means that no high turnover bingo can be played in pubs and bars. More information about the case (and the judgment itself) is available here

MOSES evaluation and impact assessment principles published by Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission has published principles setting out the features that it and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) consider should be included in effective evaluations of multi-operator self-exclusion schemes (MOSES). This can also be downloaded below. It has developed the principles with the National Responsible Gambling Strategy and the Evaluation Protocol in mind to support those […]

The Gambling Commission’s new enforcement strategy

The Gambling Commission has today unveiled its new enforcement strategy which will be used to tackle operators who breach gambling regulations. Its responses to its enforcement strategy consultation document can be downloaded below. This follows the Commission’s consultation “Changes to our enforcement strategy: putting the consumer first” on which we have previously reported. You can also also […]

GambleAware publishes responsible gambling evaluation resources

GambleAware, operated by the Responsible Gambling Trust, has published an evaluation protocol designed to assist the gambling industry to evaluate its responsible gambling initiatives by providing a framework for evaluating its customer interventions. It states that the evaluation resources now published on its website (that can also be downloaded below): “have been put together to demystify evaluation, and what […]

Outcome of DCMS gaming machine review postponed to October at the earliest

The following response to a “Topical Question” in the House of Commons on 29 June confirms that the outcome of the DCMS review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures has been delayed until October 2017 at the earliest: Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) (Con): This House never intended vulnerable people in less-well-off areas to lose £100 several times […]