Could affordability checks follow age and identity verification changes?

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News, entitled “Could affordability checks follow age and identity verification changes?”, David Clifton comments on last week’s Gambling Commission  ‘consultation response’ document, announcing changes to age and identity verification provisions within its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”), that will come into force on 7 May 2019. You can read more about that here.

David’s article (that can be downloaded below) also:

  • touches on the new age verification requirement within the LCCP that will apply to free-to-play versions of games on websites of those who hold operating licences granted by the Gambling Commission (about which you can read here) and
  • sets out the Commission’s reaction within the consultation response document to information provided by respondents in relation to its ‘customer affordability checks‘ plan, originally identified within its March 2018 Online Gambling Review, to:
    • ensure that operators set limits on consumers’ spending until affordability checks have been conducted and
    • consult on requirements for licensees to set limits on customers’ gambling activity that could only be changed once the licensee had further verified information about the customer.