Archive | July, 2016

High turnover bingo operators and multi-operator self-exclusion requirements

The Gambling Commission has published its response to its May 2016 consultation that sought views on whether some bingo operating licence holders should not be required to participate in a multi-operator self-exclusion scheme. With effect from autumn 2016, the Commission will exempt from the existing code operators that offer exempt bingo, and hold a bingo operating licence (because […]

Bitcoin gambling stepping on the same rake again?

David Clifton is quoted in a Daiquiri Casino gambling blog entitled “Bitcoin gambling stepping on the same rake again?” Further views by David on the same subject can be read in an SBC News article by Scott Longley at 

BHA “Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering 2016” published

Answering a reader’s question in Issue 121 of Pub & Bar magazine, accessible at Suzanne Davies referred to the British Hospitality Associations’s then forthcoming Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering 2016. The Guide has now been published and details can be obtained from the BHA’s website at or downloaded below.

Gambling Commission fees consultation

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Gambling Commission published on 8 July a joint consultation on proposed changes to fees for operating licence holders with effect from April 2017. The consultation runs until 9 September 2016.

ICO changes its response to the EU Referendum result

We have previously reported on the Information Commissioner’s Office “Statement on the implications of Brexit for data protection”; see Interestingly, since the Referendum result became known, the ICO has published two different statements. The first (published on 24 June 2016) stated as follows: “The Data Protection Act remains the law of the land irrespective of the […]

Implications for remote gambling operators of the Brexit vote

David Clifton is quoted in a WOGLR news report on the implications for remote gambling operators of the UK Referendum vote to leave the European Union. David wrote on the same subject in an SBC News article in advance of the Referendum that is available on our website at 

Drilling down into the latest Gambling Industry Statistics

In his monthly “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, David Clifton focuses on the betting industry figures contained in the latest gambling industry statistics that include an initial eleven month view of Great Britain’s remote gambling sector under the new licensing and regulatory framework introduced in November 2014 by the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014.  

Forster planning case update

We wrote in March – – about the then forthcoming appeal to the Court of Appeal that would determine whether planning committees considering planning applications for new residential developments should take into account the risk of licence restrictions and/or nuisance proceedings that might be instigated by future residents. Judgment was delivered by the Court of Appeal on […]