The GB Gambling Commission has initiated a new round of consultations on proposals from the Gambling Act review white paper. The second set of consultations will run for 12 weeks, with a deadline of 21 February 2024.
This round will focus on five topics, including socially responsible incentives, customer-specific tools, transparency of customer funds, the requirement to make annual contributions to Research, Prevention and Treatment (RET), and regulatory data.
Tim Miller, executive director of research and policy at the Commission, emphasized the importance of public input on potential changes to gambling regulation. He stated that the government’s top priority is ensuring that gambling happens safely, and the Commission is committed to delivering on this goal.
The Commission also confirmed that a further consultation will take place to discuss calculating financial penalties and financial event key reporting, which are classified as “business as usual” matters.
The first set of consultations, which focused on financial risk and vulnerability, online games design, customer choice on direct marketing, and age-verification in land-based premises, opened in July and closed in October. Mandy Gill, director of compliance at the Commission, reported that over 3,000 submissions were made during the first consultation round.
Overall, the Commission is seeking public input to shape gambling regulation across the country and is encouraging as many people as possible to participate in the consultations.
The launch of these new consultations signals the Commission’s dedication to addressing concerns raised in the Gambling Act review white paper and demonstrates a proactive approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of gamblers in the UK.