Archive | March, 2021

‘Moment for Momentum’ speech provides interesting insight into future UKGC actions

Gambling Commission Executive Director Tim Miller has delivered a conference speech today (30 March 2021) entitled ‘The moment for momentum’ (that you can download below). Of particular note are his following comments regarding the Commission’s finding (published on 23 February 2021) from its quarterly telephone survey relating to gambling behaviour in 2020 that “the overall problem […]

Survey finds a statistically significant increase in problem gamblers using treatment, advice or support in previous 12 months

GambleAware has today (30 March 2021) released its annual GB Treatment and Support report on a survey conducted (during 2020) on its behalf by YouGov exploring the usage of treatment and support services among gamblers, and those affected by another’s gambling. The report follows GambleAware’s first annual study of this kind, conducted in 2019 (reported […]

AML and Social Responsibility failings lead to severe consequences for operators of five British land-based casinos

The Gambling Commission has announced the outcome of regulatory action taken against the operators of five land-based British casinos for historic anti-money laundering and social responsibility failings. In general terms, failings established amongst these cases were of the same type that have previously occurred in relation to other casino operators, namely: inappropriate money laundering and […]

Academic study focuses on implementation of the UKGC’s Remote Technical Standards requirement 3C

A new study entitled “Nudge versus sludge in gambling warning labels” (conducted by researchers from the University of Warwick and CQUniversity in Australia) has concluded that: the manner in which UK online gambling operators present information about the risk of play in accordance with the Gambling Commission’s Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (RTS) is ‘ineffective and […]

UKGC urges operators to continue extra vigilance during the current national lockdown

The Gambling Commission has today (26 March 2021) published the following press release: Data shows the impact of Covid-19 on gambling behaviour in January and February 2021 The Gambling Commission has published further data showing how the further tightening of Covid-19 lockdown measures has impacted online gambling behaviour in Great Britain. The data reflects the […]

More research needed on the effects of gambling on British society

We reported in December 2019 on the establishment of a new independent charity called Action Against Gambling Harms (“AAGH”). A new study, carried out by the Policy Institute at King’s College London for AAGH has found that, compared with other nations such as the US, Canada and Australia, there is relatively little research into the […]

Announcement of Casumo’s £6million fine raises AML & Safer Gambling points to note

The Gambling Commission has today (25 March 2021)  announced that, following matters discovered during a compliance assessment that led to an operating licence review, a fine of £6million has been imposed on remote gambling operator Casumo Services Limited for the following social responsibility and anti-money laundering failings, which we understand occurred during 2019: breach of […]

“No Jab, No Entry” – Call for Evidence Update

As mentioned in an Update to our previous “No Jab, No Entry” website posting, on 15 March 2021 the Cabinet Office commenced a three-question consultation (that will run until 11.45pm on 29 March 2021) in which it issues a call for evidence to inform its review into whether COVID-status certification could play a role in […]