LCCP: sector specific extracts and fresh consultation published

We have written previously about the changes to the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”), the bulk of which came into force on 4 August 2014. The Commission has now published on its website sector specific extracts from the LCCP, which make it far easier for licence-holders to identify those parts of the full consolidated LCCP that apply in the case of their particular licence(s).

However, further changes to the LCCP are likely. The Gambling Commission is now consulting on proposals that reflect developments in social responsibility practice and what it describes as “significantly improved understanding of risk” since 2007.

The consultation document published today 7 August 2014 can be accessed here (and downloaded below).

In the words of the Commission:

“The consultation proposes a number of specific changes to social responsibility provisions in the light of experience (for example, participation in a national self-exclusion scheme for online gambling and the introduction of compulsory third party testing for the majority of operators). It also invites informed public debate on how far to constrain the leisure pursuits of the many to prevent serious harm to the few”.

In fact the proposed changes are quite wide-ranging, including in relation to (a) fair and open marketing and advertising, (b) using data to guide customer interaction with ‘high value’ customers, (c) free bets and bonuses and (d) bingo and gaming machines in pubs and clubs. If you wish to respond to the consultation, you have until 31 October 2014 within which to do so. If you have any queries, please get in touch.