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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gambling Commission publishes updated RTS

Following publication of its response to its October 2016 consultation, the Gambling Commission has now published its updated Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (“RTS”), that can be downloaded below, together with the Commission’s announcement. Subject to a number of requirements – set out below – that will come into effect on 1 October 2017, operators have […]

CMA MoUs with the Gambling Commission & the ASA

As its ongoing investigation into online gambling practices has revealed, the Competition and Markets Authority is making its mark – and will be doing so even more markedly – on the gambling industry. It has recently published its memoranda of understanding setting out its working arrangements with each of the Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority in relation […]

Current Gambling Commission response times

We are regularly asked by clients how long it will take the Gambling Commission to process an application or respond to communications. Those timescales are dependent upon the application in question being complete, including provision of all required supporting documentation. According to the Commission, its current response times are as follows: Written contacts from licensees: 15 working […]