UK stakeholders point towards ‘safety first’ approach to player protection

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News (entitled “UK stakeholders point towards ‘safety first’ approach to player protection”), David Clifton picks up on themes explored at last week’s KnowNow Player Protection Forum, with a particular focus on:

  1. the Gambling Commission’s new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms and
  2. the crucial question arising from the new strategy: “who will pay for all that is sought to be achieved?”

David also mentions in his article (that can be downloaded below) a number of recent regulatory developments that have direct bearing on gambling operators licensed in the UK.

UPDATE: In relation to point numbered 2 above, on 10 June 2019, under the headline “On the cards – Would-be PM Matt Hancock vows to tax bookies to raise £100million every year to fight gambling addiction”, it was reported by The Sun that Conservative Party leadership contender Matt Hancock will impose a 1% GGY minimum compulsory levy on bookmakers to fund problem gambling treatment if he becomes Prime Minister. This is the very same levy proposal made by the Labour Party in its “Review of problem gambling and its treatment” on which we reported in September last year.