Archive | May, 2022

Don’t miss two timely reminders from the UKGC

In its current fortnightly e-bulletin, the Gambling Commission has issued the following timely reminders. The first is a reminder to non-remote operators to submit their age verification test purchase results immediately if they have not already done so, bearing in mind that the deadline for submission was 12 May 2022: Age verification test purchase results […]

ABSG Year 3 Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

Earlier this month (on 12 May 2022), the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (‘ABSG’) published (with very little accompanying publicity) its ‘Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms: Year 3’, a copy of which you can download below. Its criticisms extend not only to the UK licensed gambling industry but also to the […]

All eyes focused on gambling’s A-factor

In his current monthly ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News, entitled ‘All eyes focused on gambling’s A-factor’, that you can download below, David Clifton analyses recent Parliamentary debates in an attempt to establish which way the winds are blowing on the forthcoming Gambling Act Review White Paper proposals in relation to the vexed subjects of gambling advertising and sports […]

Higher PG prevalence rates forecast by UKGC’s new data collection pilot survey

We have previously reported on: the commencement by the Gambling Commission (in December 2020)of a consultation in relation to its proposal to change the research methodology it uses to collect gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence statistics, its subsequent decision (in June 2021) to proceed with those proposed changes and its update on further progress (in October […]

News from the top at the UKGC

Two items of news have emerged in quick succession in relation to the top levels of Gambling Commission personnel. 25 May 2022: The Gambling Commission has announced that the Interim Chief Executive Andrew Rhodes has been appointed to that role on a permanent basis. Its announcement continues, stating as follows: Andrew joined the Commission in […]

A focus on fines

Comments by David Clifton are featured in an EGR Intel article entitled ‘Fine with that: Are the UKGC’s punishments befitting of operators’ shortcomings?’. The subheading to the article reads as follows: “Three major firms were fined a total of £13.7m by the UKGC in the space of 22 days in March, and with more potentially […]

A practical conversation about affordability

At 3.30pm on Tuesday 28 June 2022, David Clifton will have the pleasure of moderating an affordability-focused panel session at KnowNow’s ‘Compliance Forum’, being held at Etc Venues County Hall, London.  The session is entitled: ‘A practical conversation about affordability models, what operators are doing and what solutions are available to help us with the […]

UKGC publishes gambling behaviour data provided by operators during the coronavirus pandemic

Yesterday (18 May 2022), the Gambling Commission published operator data: reflecting the period between March 2020 and March 2022 inclusive and covering online and in-person gambling with data from Licensed Betting Operators (LBOs) found on Britain’s high streets that shows, by way of quarter on quarter comparisons, how gambling behaviour has been reacting to (a) […]