The UK Gambling Commission has now published its initial list of organisation to which its licence-holders may direct their annual financial contribution for gambling research, prevention and treatment.
As originally reported by us on 2 August 2019, with effect from 1 January 2020 all such annual financial contributions (as required by the LCCP SR code 3.1.1) must be made solely to organisations that are on a list maintained by the Commission.
As subsequently reported by us on 16 December 2019, the Commission published a reminder to its licence-holders, in which it made clear that operators can choose to split their contributions across more than one organisation on the list as long as contributions cover the three areas.
The newly published information to operators (that can be downloaded below) contains more detailed guidance and reads as follows:
List of organisations to which operators may direct their annual financial contribution for gambling research, prevention and treatment
Information for operators
From 1 January 2020 operators must direct their annual financial contribution for gambling research, prevention and treatment as required by LCCP SR code 3.1.1 to one or more of the organisations on the list below.
The purpose of this list (which will be updated on an ongoing basis) is to demonstrate to operators how to be compliant with the LCCP requirement to make annual financial contributions to research, prevention and treatment.
- make an annual financial contribution to each of research, prevention and treatment
- ensure that these donations go to one or more organisation on the list below
- ensure that they have no connection to the recipient organisation
- report information accurately in their annual or quarterly regulatory return to the Commission about the destination(s) of their payment and the amounts that have been contributed. This includes ensuring that there is no duplication of data across multiple licences.
The Commission will collate information about LCCP RET contributions and publish this information at least annually.
Businesses can continue to donate funds to any organisation outside of the approved list, but such contributions will not be counted as LCCP RET contributions.
Name of organisation
* denotes organisations that meet all three categories
Type of organisation GambleAware* Research
Charity GamCare Prevention
Charity Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) Prevention Charity
The process for organisations who wish to be on the approved list for annual LCCP RET contributions
Gambling businesses are required to make an annual financial contribution to organisations which deliver or support research into the prevention and treatment of gambling-related harms, harm prevention approaches and treatment for those harmed by gambling (RET contributions). We do not specify an amount which may be contributed as this could be seen as imposing a levy, which is a power reserved for Parliament.
We will maintain a list to demonstrate to operators how to be compliant with the LCCP requirement to make financial contributions. It will ensure that if businesses make contributions to organisations which work in other areas unconnected to gambling, these amounts will not be considered compliant or published in the figures on LCCP RET contributions. Businesses can continue to donate funds to any organisation outside of the approved list, and the only change is that such contributions will not be counted as LCCP RET contributions.
Organisations seeking to be on the list of organisations to which gambling businesses may direct their RET contributions should provide information to the Commission to help us assess their suitability. This will include the need for independent oversight or regulation.
There is no cost for working with the Commission to be on the list, and organisations should submit information using this short form.
Organisations will continue to be able to submit information to us and be added to the list on an ongoing basis.
You must inform us whenever any of your information changes.
Particular aspects that must be noted are that licence-holders:
- must make an annual financial contribution to each of research, prevention and treatment (and it should be noted that, as matters presently stand, only GambleAware is authorised to receive qualifying donations in relation to gambling research, although that may change in the future if the Commission extends its list);
- can (if they so choose) donate, or continue to donate, funds to any organisation outside of the Commission’s approved list, but such contributions will not be counted as LCCP RET contributions.