UKGC Reveals Recommendations Made for Gambling Act Review

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released the advice that it delivered to the UK government as part of the Gambling Act Review.

The aim was to provide those at risk of experiencing gambling harm with additional protection and make gambling fairer for all. The advice was put together after the UKGC reviewed evidence from several sources.

The UKGC has also committed to strengthening a number of operator requirements. Before doing so, it will first consult on the following measures:

  • Preventing bonus offers and rewards from leading to harmful gambling.
  • Introducing product controls for safer gaming.
  • Requiring operators to take action to protect those who are financially vulnerable and address unaffordable gambling through frictionless checks that do not disrupt players.

The Commission advised the government that there is a need for new laws to set a limit to bet sizes on online slot machines. They also recommended creating an independent ombudsman that players can turn to when they feel they may have been treated unfairly. Finally, the UKGC recommended introducing a statutory levy that would be used to fund research, education, and treatment of gambling addiction as well as provide the regulator with better funding.

The gambling industry has changed significantly since 2005, and our advice sets out changes that will ensure Britain is the safest and fairest place to gamble in the world. The review is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver positive change for gambling in Great Britain and for all people impacted by it.
Everyone at the Commission welcomes today’s publication of the White Paper and is determined to work with Government and partners to make these changes a reality. Given the correct powers and resources, the Gambling Commission can continue to make gambling safer, fairer, and crime-free.
This White Paper is a coherent package of proposals that we believe can significantly support and protect consumers and improve overall standards in the industry. As the detailed implementation of the review now begins, we will also be reiterating to all operators that the Commission will strongly maintain its focus on consumer protection and compliance.

Andrew RhodesGambling Commission CEO
UKGC Gambling Act Review