Archive | April, 2022

GambleAware renews call for a 1% mandatory levy (and more)

GambleAware has repeated the call it made a year ago (as reported by us here) for a mandatory 1% levy of Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) on the gambling industry to fund the treatment, prevention and research of gambling harms. This forms part of its following ‘six new principles’: Supporting those most at risk by reducing […]

Report on drink spiking calls for greater use of licensing powers to regulate the night-time economy

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published a report on ‘drink spiking’ (that you can download below), within which one of its recommendations states: We are concerned that the Government is not doing enough to monitor licensing authorities’ use of powers to regulate the night-time economy, both with specific regard to spiking incidents […]

Warning issued that UK nightlife businesses face ‘extinction’ in aftermath of pandemic

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (‘APPG’) for the Night Time Economy has published a report entitled ‘COVID-19 and UK Nightlife’ (that you can download below). The report paints a bleak future for nightlife businesses. Its Executive Summary reads as follows: The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on a sector that the Night Time Industries […]

Fanteam incurs £56,700 financial penalty for marketing-related breaches of the LCCP

Seemingly without any additional publicity, the Gambling Commission has published on its ‘Regulatory Action’ webpage details of a £56,700 financial penalty recently imposed on Scout Limited trading as ‘Fanteam’ for breaching LCCP Social Responsibility Code provisions: 3.5.3(2) relating to marketing to self-excluded customers and 5.1.11 relating to direct electronic marketing consent. The Commission states as […]

Musings on a pending White Paper

In his current monthly ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News, entitled ‘Musings on a Pending White Paper’ (that you can download below), David Clifton has analysed the clues that have emanated from both UK Government Ministers and the Gambling Commission with regard to the content of the Gambling Act Review White Paper that it is expected will be […]

New customer interaction requirements for UK licensed remote gambling operators take effect in September 2022

As foreshadowed in the 12 April 2022 International Legislators’ Agenda speech by Sarah Gardner (the Deputy Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission), the regulator has at long last published its response to its Remote Customer Interaction Consultation, a copy of which you can download below. That consultation (and accompanying Call for Evidence) commenced on 3 November 2020 and […]

Raising industry standards through collaboration, investment and research

We reported previously that David Clifton would be moderating the ‘Raising industry standards through collaboration, investment and research’ panel session on Wednesday 13 April 2022 within the Consumer Protection Zone at ICE 2022. During what turned out to be an illuminating discussion, David is pictured below (left) with his panellists (seated left to right): Matthew […]

UKGC response to Remote Customer Interaction consultation to be published “later this week”

Yesterday (12 April 2022) Sarah Gardner, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, delivered a speech at ICE as part of the International Legislators’ Agenda (that you can download below). Aspects of her speech adopted similar themes to those contained in a speech given by Andrew Rhodes, the Commission’s CEO, two days earlier. However, in one […]