Tag Archives: The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC)

Andrew Rhodes’ role at UKGC reportedly set to become permanent

Interim UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes is reportedly set to take on a more permanent role at the regulatory body, according to The Guardian. The newspaper reported that the government has made the decision due to Rhodes’ commitment to cracking down on ‘recidivist behaviour’ by betting and gaming operators, ahead of the publishing of the 2005 Gambling Act …

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UKGC issues £780k fine to Buzz Bingo for social responsibility and AML failings

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has accused Buzz Bingo of a range of social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures, handing the operator a fine of £780,000. An investigation by the regulatory body identified a number of shortcomings between October 2019 and December 2020, including financial triggers being set too high and as a result ‘not sufficiently identifying at-risk players’, with …

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UKGC maintains confidence in gambling credit card ban as new report released

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has stated that consumers are supportive of its decision to prohibit the use of credit cards for gambling payments, following the results of a recent report. In an update published today, the UKGC explained that its report found that consumers held a ‘largely positive’ view of the ban – first implemented in April last year …

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GamCare cites ‘change, growth and challenges’ in final review of three-year strategy

Nearing the end of its three-year strategy, GamCare has highlighted the last 12 months of the initiative as ‘an incredible period of change, growth, and of course, recent challenge’, citing a number of major developments for both itself and the industry. Identifying a number of ‘key sector developments’ for 2020/21 in its Trustees Annual Review, the gambling harm awareness charity …

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David Knott becomes National Lottery Community Fund CEO in permanent role

David Knott has been appointed as the new CEO of the UK National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), after serving in the role in an interim capacity for four months. In his first role as NLCF CEO, Knott has commissioned the ‘Putting Communities First’ report, outlining the fund agenda to support local communities over the next 12 months as the organisation …

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UKGC highlights lack of ‘means to replace funds’ as reason behind Football Index downfall

Andrew Rhodes, Interim CEO of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has issued a full response to a number of questions asked of the regulator by former customers of football player exchange platform Football Index. Following the collapse of the operator, and its parent company BetIndex, a number of criticisms of the UKGC’s regulatory oversight were raised – although the Commission …

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UKGC alters digital oversight following Football Index investigation

In response to an investigation into the collapse of BetIndex, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that it will make changes to its regulatory oversight of digital gambling products. The Independent Review highlighted a number of areas for improvement from both the UKGC and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In response to the review’s recommendations, the UKGC has introduced …

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APBGG probes UKGC’s competence and effectiveness

The Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group (APBGG) has initiated an investigation into the ‘competence and effectiveness’ of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), as the regulating and licensing authority  of UK gambling. Under the inquiry, licensed operators will be able to issue complaints to the APBGG concerning three categories – whether the UKGC has acted ‘ultra vires’ and gone …

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YGAM healthcare training programme gains parliamentary support

A new training programme established by the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), Betknowmore UK and Bournemouth University has received the support of the Shadow Minister for Mental Health. The tripartite’s ‘Mindful Resilience’ campaign aims to address a lack of knowledge and confidence among health professions in diagnosing children and young people with gaming and gambling addictions. In addition, …

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