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Update on Gambling Commission's plans for Gambling Act Review implementation Published Date: 18/07/2023

The Commission said it will "this month" open our first consultations in the implementation of the Government’s Gambling Act Review White Paper.

In an update on its website, Tim Miller, the Commission's Executive Director for research and policy, wrote:

"It’s been a busy time since I last wrote an update on our work to support implementation of the Government’s Gambling Act Review back in May.

"Since then we have already completed and published the first deliverable we committed to as part of the Review: to reinforce our expectations on gambling businesses in relation to White Labels – which we have completed via a consolidated guide to White Labels on our website. For those of you interested, our White Labels Hub is now live."

He confirmed that the Commission plans to publish the following four consultations in July:

  • age verification in premises
  • remote games design - building on our earlier work on online slots, we plan to consult on similar protections for other online casino games
  • direct marketing and cross-selling - we want consumers to have more control over the direct marketing they receive
  • financial risk and vulnerability checks for remote operators.

These four consultations will also be joined by two that are not related to the Review but have been previously flagged:

  • rules around Personal Management Licences
  • procedures for Regulatory Panels.

He said:

"Launching these two consultations alongside the other four builds on our commitment to stick to consultation windows as far as possible as well.

"The Gambling Commission’s work is of course also running alongside the work of Government and the voluntary commitments of the gambling industry to implement the Review.

"We continue to support our sponsoring Department, DCMS with their vital work. The Commission has a key role in advising Government on amending aspects of the legislation and on implementation of these changes. It is important that we are clear on roles and responsibilities. For example, in relation to a levy, Government will lead on the creation of a statutory levy, including deciding the destination of such funding. The Commission will collect the levy and distribute in line with Government’s direction. Our role will be about administration of the levy. Once a levy system is created, it is likely that the Commission’s LCCP RET list will no longer be relevant or needed. We will also need to consider the impact of a levy system on the destination of any future regulatory settlements.

"We will also continue work with the Department to monitor the progress of industry to deliver on their voluntary commitments, such as the ombudsman and the single customer view."