As forewarned by numerous press reports over the last fortnight, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today published its “Call for evidence: Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures” by way of a consultation exercise that will run until 5pm on 4 December 2016.
Our summary, together with the review document itself, can be downloaded below. The review covers a number of areas including maximum gaming machines stakes and prizes, allocations of gaming machines in licensed premises, and social responsibility measures to minimise the risk of gambling related harm (including whether there is evidence on the impacts of gambling advertising and whether the right rules are in place to protect children and vulnerable people). It poses the following questions and requests evidence to support the answers:
- What, if any, changes in maximum stakes and/or prizes across the different categories of gaming machines support the Government’s objective set out in this document?
- To what extent have industry measures on gaming machines mitigated harm or improved player protections and mitigated harm to consumers and communities?
- What other factors should Government be considering to ensure the correct balance in gaming machine regulation?
- What, if any, changes in the number and location of current gaming machine allocations support the Government’s objective set out in this document?
- What has been the impact of social responsibility measures since 2013, especially on vulnerable consumers and communities with high levels of deprivation?
- Is there anything further that should be considered to improve social responsibility measures across the industry?
- Is there any evidence on whether existing rules on gambling advertising are appropriate to protect children and vulnerable people from the possible harmful impact of gambling advertising?
- Are there any other relevant issues that you would like to raise as part of this review that has not been covered by questions 1-7?