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The effect of gambling advertising on children

On 14 September 2017, the House of Lords debated (and approved) a motion moved by Lord Chadlington (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the effect of gambling advertisements on children”.  Lord Chadlington called on the Government to ask itself the following four questions as they review the gambling industry: Should there be any gambling commercials […]

ASA rulings add fuel to the affiliate fire

At the same time that the termination of Sky Betting & Gaming’s affiliate marketing programme dominated debate on the first day of the Betting on Sports 2017 conference (including David Clifton’s panel session), the ASA has upheld complaints against four online gambling companies for irresponsible adverts published by an affiliate without their approval or awareness. The adverts suggested that […]

Top five compliance tips for society lotteries

The Gambling Commission has published its “top five compliance tips” for licensed society lotteries to minimise the risk of what it calls “lottery compliance gaffs that are putting fundraisers at risk of breaking the law”. The five tips are set out in a guidance note (that can also be downloaded below) and they are headed: […]

Just the first of many affiliate marketing programme closures?

Sky Betting & Gaming has announced that it has closed its affiliate marketing programme, citing “growing regulatory requirements”. The need to comply with all such regulatory requirements was the central theme of David Clifton’s August Licensing Expert article for SBC News. Whether this is just the first of many such affiliate programme closures will be a key topic […]

David Clifton to speak at Compliance Briefing: London

  As reported in Gambling Insider today under the heading “Heavyweight Legal Experts confirmed for Compliance Briefing: London 2017” and similarly last month in iGaming Business (both downloadable below), David Clifton will be speaking at the Compliance Briefing: London 2017 conference being held at County Hall, London on 12 October 2017. Key topics will include implications of the […]

OFSI launches annual Frozen Assets Review

On 4 September 2017, HM Treasury launched its annual Frozen Assets Review. OFSI’s Financial Sanctions Notice on this subject can be downloaded below. As in previous years, all individuals, organisations and businesses holding frozen assets will have until Friday 13 October 2017 to report them to the Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). Reporting […]

How to calculate Remote Gaming Duty on freeplays

HMRC has published guidance (that can also be downloaded below) to assist remote gambling operators to find out which online gambling free games and bonuses offered by them are liable to tax, and how to calculate their liability for accounting periods beginning after 31 July 2017. You can read our last post on this subject here.

Gambling behaviour in Great Britain in 2015

The Gambling Commission has published a report that provides a comprehensive analysis of gambling across the whole of Great Britain. It examines the rates of participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling, and explores their associated characteristics and behaviours. The report can be downloaded below. Its headline findings are: 1.4% of gamblers were classed as problem gamblers (0.8% of […]

Fresh “house raffle” warning sounded by the Gambling Commission

In a repeat of what has taken place on previous occasions when a national downtrend in the volume of house sales is experienced (as is the case currently according to recently updated HM Land Registry UK House Price Index reports) the Gambling Commission has published a warning to homeowners offering their house as a prize in so-called “house raffles” […]