Archive | September, 2021

25% increase in GAMSTOP registrations in first 6 months of 2021

We reported in July 2021 that research undertaken by Sonnet Advisory & Impact CIC had shown that the national online self-exclusion scheme GAMSTOP was working effectively following it coming fully into force on 31 March 2020. New independent analysis conducted for GAMSTOP by Sonnet has now revealed that 40,000 registrations took place during the first […]

Westminster City Council consults on updating its Gambling Policy

Westminster City Council has commenced consultations on: re-adoption of its current Gambling Policy (subject to minor updates where legislation or guidance has changed) so it will continue to have effect from the 31 January 2022 until such time as the proposed new Gambling Policy comes into effect; that consultation will close on 17 October 2021 […]

Practical Safer Gambling Solutions

On 24 September 2021, David Clifton moderated the “Practical safer gambling solutions” panel session at the SBC Summit Barcelona 2021 at which his panellists were: Warren Russell, Founder & CEO, W2 Global Data, a leading supplier of KYC, AML and RG solutions, Ian Shanahan, Head of Safer Gambling Partnerships, YGAM and with a long background […]

EU Lotto fined for AML and social responsibility failings

The Gambling Commission has announced that, on 2 September 2021, it (a) imposed a £760,000 fine on, (b) added further conditions to the operating licence of and (c) issued a warning to EU Lotto Limited (operator of Lottoland) after an investigation by the regulator revealed AML and social responsibility failings of a similar type to […]

Might the law of unintended consequences apply to the latest Parliamentary scrutiny of the UKGC?

The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) – most certainly not to be confused with the Gambling Related Harm APPG – has commenced “an investigation into the competence and effectiveness of the regulator of British gambling, the Gambling Commission”. The APBGG has published an invitation to stakeholders to submit (by 31 October 2021) […]

A UKGC regulatory settlement funds a new programme to reduce gambling harms

The Gambling Commission has today (20 September 2021) announced that it has approved funding (supported by regulatory settlement funds) for a new regional public health programme to reduce gambling harms in Yorkshire and the Humber. The announcement on the Commission’s website states as follows: Regulatory settlement funds treatment and prevention programme The Gambling Commission has […]

The Waves Are About To Get Rougher ….

David Clifton’s current ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News is entitled ‘The Waves Are About To Get Rougher ….’, with David looking back to the 2001 Gambling Review Body Report, whose authors summed up their recommendations to the Government as follows: Our proposals generally move in the direction of allowing greater freedom for the individual to […]

Same message from UKGC as it publishes latest operator data

The Gambling Commission’s July 2021 data has shown the impact of COVID-19 on gambling behaviour using operator data reflecting the period between March 2020 and July 2021 inclusive. Its press release published yesterday (15 July 2021) carries the very same message regarding the Commission’s expectations as has been conveyed in previous months’ press releases. It […]