UKGC opens Manchester safety workshop programme for smaller operators

Helen Venn – UKGC

Updating the market, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is set to launch series of ‘Manchester workshops’ seeking to help ‘nationwide smaller licensed gambling operators’ improve responsibility, consumer safety and integrity standards.

The workshops will be held at the Performance Spaces Central Library and will be further supported by Manchester City Council.

The specialist programme will focus on ‘common compliance findings, tackling money laundering, and helping gamblers stay safe using multi-operator self-exclusion and local risk assessments.’

The UKGC will open its workshop programme to smaller, resource-limited UK-licensed operators, competing within the arcade, bingo and betting sectors.

Helen Venn, Executive Director Compliance and Licensing at the Gambling Commission, said: “Raising standards across the whole gambling industry is at the heart of our latest strategy to shape a well-regulated gambling market that works for consumers.

“These workshops are a really important opportunity for us to engage with smaller operators on a face-to-face basis and to re-emphasise the importance of gambling businesses taking their anti-money laundering and social responsibility requirements seriously.”

In a further September update, the UKGC has requested industry stakeholders to ‘voice their opinion’ on protecting children and keeping gambling fair and safe.

The UKGC details that it proposing new directives which would see tougher ID and age verification on access to gambling portals and free-to-play content.

The under-age safety consultation is currently open-to-response at https://consult.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/author/age-and-identity-verification/