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Labour proposes a new gambling ombudsman

Deputy Leader of The Labour Party, Tom Watson, has today delivered a speech to the think-tank Demos in which he proposes the establishment of a ‘new gambling ombudsman to protect UK consumers’. You can see and hear him delivering his speech on FacebookLive here. His speech was previewed by: SBC News in an article entitled “Tom Watson […]

AML and social responsibility failings cost Gamesys £1.2million

The Gambling Commission has today announced that, by way of a regulatory settlement, online gambling operator, Gamesys (Gibraltar) Limited trading as, is to pay £1.2million for failing to prevent gambling harm and breaching money laundering regulations. The Public Statement setting out the terms of the regulatory settlement can be downloaded below. This follows a Gambling […]

Further significant fines imposed on online gambling operators

The Gambling Commission has today published public statements in relation to AML and social responsibility failings by four of its licensed operators (two of which are based in Malta), in relation to which a total of £4.5million in financial penalties has been imposed, adding to the approximate £28million penalty packages imposed by the Commission on […]

Bookmakers warned not to circumvent FOBT stake cut

Ahead of the £2 stake limit on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (“FOBTs”, i.e. Category B2 gaming machines) that comes into force on Monday of next week, 1 April 2019, the Gambling Commission has written to bookmakers to remind them of their responsibilities in ensuring consumers are protected.  It states as follows on its website: From […]

Labour Party proposes crackdown on regulation of online gambling

The survey was carried out between August 2014 and August 2015, and involved 7,005 respondentsThe Labour Party deputy leader, Tom Watson, has today delivered a speech at an Institute of Public Policy Research (“IPPR”) policy seminar (that can be viewed on Facebook here). He has called for: mandatory limits on online gambling spending, staking and speed of play, […]

Consultation on customer interaction & ADR and call for evidence on gambling website blocking software

The Gambling Commission has today launched a “three-pronged” consultation on planned changes to requirements within its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) relating to customer interaction and alternative dispute resolution. It is also calling for evidence on gambling website blocking software It says that each of the above issues are designed: “to accelerate progress in its drive […]

RGA agrees a “whistle-to-whistle” TV sports betting advertising ban … or does it?

The gambling advertising debate might have taken a further significant move forward today, dependent on whether BBC Sport’s headline article this morning entitled “Gambling firms agree ‘whistle-to-whistle’ television sport advertising ban” (that can be downloaded below) has correctly reported that members of the Remote Gambling Association (“RGA”) have agreed to ensure that no TV advertisements by betting operators for any sport […]