Tag Archives: UKGC

Lord Goldsmith QC to head up new commission on ‘crime and problem gambling’

UK prison reform charity, the ‘Howard League for Penal Reform’ has launched a new commission investigating links between problem gambling and criminal behaviours. The Howard League has disclosed that the first meeting of its ‘Commission on Crime & Problem Gambling’ took place in London on 20 June, kick-starting a three-year research project led by Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC …

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Tom Watson – ‘Gambling ombudsman is needed to protect UK consumers’

UK media, this morning reports that Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has stated that his party will establish a ‘new gambling ombudsman to protect UK consumers’. Watson follows his tough narrative on gambling, which last month saw the Labour deputy urge the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to undertake a thorough review of online casinos licensed after 2014. Addressing ‘cross-party’ thinktank ‘Demos’, …

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Unibet UK operator makes £1.6m settlement with Gambling Commission

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The Gambling Commission has told the industry it needs to be seen to ‘step up on social responsibility’ after Platinum Gaming, which is licensed to operate Unibet.co.uk and uk.bingo.com, became the latest company to make expensive failures in its social responsibility and anti-money laundering procedures. Following a Gambling Commission investigation, the company has agreed to pay £1.6 million in a settlement with …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – UK stakeholders point towards ‘Safety First’ approach on player protections

Last week, I chaired an excellent gambling conference on the subject of “Player Protection”. The event was attended by a broad cross-section of stakeholders – licensed B2C operators (both land-based and remote and from different sectors of the industry), B2B gambling software and age/identity verification providers, gambling industry lawyers and consultants, gambling-related harm treatment providers, experts in gambling blocking and …

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Richard Flint – Industry needs to rethink treatment

Speaking to BBC News, Richard Flint outgoing Chairman of Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet) has stated that the gambling industry ‘hasn’t done enough to look after problem gamblers’. Flint who departs Sky Bet governance this June, further details that industry leadership ‘should consider funding a network of gambling treatment centres’. Sky Bet’s outgoing chairman and former CEO, makes his …

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Bill Moyes – NHS must be clear on its role tackling problem gambling

Speaking on the Health Service Journal‘s ‘The Bedpan’ interview series, Bill Moyes, Chair of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has warned NHS leadership of side-lining problem gambling as UK public health issue. Having chaired the UKGC since 2016, Moyes is the former founding Executive Chairman of ‘Monitor’ the independent regulator for NHS’ trusts. In the interview, Moyes breaks down gambling …

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Bettor collaboration… GVC backs Safer Online Gambling Group

FTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings Plc has strengthened its ongoing ‘Changing for the Bettor’ corporate campaign by partnering with new industry non-profit organisation Safer Online Gambling Group (SOGG). Founded this year, SOGG is a public health non-profit formed by father and son team, David and Adam Bradford, to raise awareness and collaboration across all UK health networks on tackling problem …

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UKGC fines a “timely reminder” of AML stance, says Credas

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The penalty charges handed down by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) this week “won’t be the last of this size” according to Rhys David, CEO of Credas, who said the fines serve as a “timely reminder” of the regulator’s stance towards substandard anti-money laundering (AML) safeguards. The reaction of Credas – a provider of identity verification technology – came in …

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UKGC cracks AML whip issuing £4.5m penalty packages for ‘weak controls’

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has imposed £4.5 million in penalty packages on four online casino operators in relation to failed AML procedures and maintaining inadequate consumer safeguards. The penalty packages form part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into the UK online casino sector. In its update, the UKGC confirms that InTouch Games will pay £2.2 million in lieu of financial penalties for …

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EPIC forms ‘big collaboration’ with Whysup on harm prevention

Independent gambling harm and minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management has teamed up with Whysup to support the ongoing efforts of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) ‘National Strategy’ on gambling harm reductions. Updating the media, EPIC and Whysup have formed a shared collaborative approach to combat and reduce gambling-related harms at a national level, helping regulatory stakeholders. The strategic partnership is formed, …

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