Archive | April, 2019

Gambling Commission no longer requires passport photographs

The Gambling Commission has announced (under the heading “Change to personal licence application, maintenance and Annex A declaration”) that it no longer requires a passport photograph to be submitted as part of a personal licence application, maintenance or Annex A declaration. It states that: it is currently in the process of removing any references to photographs from […]

Joint CMA & Gambling Commission letter to the UK remote gambling sector

A letter has been published today by the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) and the Gambling Commission confirming that they have concluded their joint programme of work concerning suspected breaches of consumer protection law in the remote gambling sector, with a particular focus on: the fairness, transparency and potential for consumers to be misled by a number […]

KnowNow blog on new Gambling Harm Reduction strategy

In advance of their Player Protection Forum on 22 May 2019, which will be chaired by David Clifton, KnowNow have published a further blog providing links to our website articles entitled: “New National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms published” and  “Major operators lead change of direction on betting advertising”. You can download this latest KnowNow […]

Clifton Davies address international audience at U.S. sports betting conference

Both David Clifton and Suzanne Davies spoke to international audiences during this week’s extremely successful and very well-attended SBC Events’ Betting on Sports America conference that took place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, New Jersey, U.S.A on 24 and 25 April 2019. David (above) is pictured below second from the left below (listening to a question raised by the […]

Major operators lead change of direction on betting advertising

On the same day that the Gambling Commission has published the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, GVC Holdings PLC – the global sports-betting and gaming group and owner of Ladbrokes and Coral – has called for an end to all UK sports-betting broadcast advertising, at any time of the day, on live and repeated sporting events […]

New National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms published

The Gambling Commission has published the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, a three-year strategy which will drive and coordinate work to bring a lasting impact on reducing gambling harms. You can download the National Strategy document below. It has also launched a new website – www.reducinggamblingharms.org – where all information on the priorities identified […]

Gambling (Industry Levy Review and Protections for Vulnerable People) Bill

We have reported previously on Richard Graham MP securing a 10 minute Rule Bill, calling on the UK Government to institute a mandatory levy on gambling operators to fund a major independent gambling-related harm research initiative and more gambling clinics. Mr Graham’s speech in support of the Gambling (Industry Levy Review and Protections for Vulnerable People) Bill, delivered in […]

Player Protection – View from the Chair

With just four weeks to go to the KnowNow “Player Protection Forum”, in a blog posted by KnowNow (that can be downloaded below) David Clifton, who will be chairing the event, explains that, with: the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harm due for publication by the Gambling Commission tomorrow, 25 April, a 10 Minute Rule Bill in Parliament today […]

MP’s 10 Minute Rule Bill will call for a mandatory gambling levy

Richard Graham MP has secured a 10 minute Rule Bill on 24 April 2019 when he will call on the government to institute a mandatory levy on gambling operators to fund a major independent gambling-related harm research initiative and more gambling clinics. He explains his views on this and other gambling-related issues on his website, where […]

ASA rules on gambling normalisation and house raffle complaints

There have been two interesting rulings by the Advertising Standards Authority today. Both rulings can be downloaded below. The first, relating to Betfred, arose from a complaint that a TV ad showing characters gambling while carrying out everyday activities normalised gambling and was therefore irresponsible. The complaint was not upheld by the ASA. Its reasoning was as follows: […]