Tag Archives: UKGC

DCMS: UK gambling requires a surgical re-wiring for all stakeholders

UK gambling leadership will be evaluating DCMS’ ‘policy document‘ which accompanied the launch of the government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act.  Addressing the House of Commons, Nigel Huddleston, DCMS Minister for Sport, underlined that his department would take no knee-jerk response in its duties to review UK gambling: “We will listen and gather the evidence required to govern gambling …

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DCMS to pull trigger on Gambling Act review next week

The Guardian has reported that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) will officially launch its review of the ‘2005 Gambling Act’ next week – undertaking the biggest reform of the UK betting sector since the ‘Blair Era’.  The review, which was marked as a 2019 General Election pledge by PM Boris Johnson, will review all current gambling …

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BGC praises results of COVID action plan 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Since the launch of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) ‘COVID action plan’, the industry’s unified trade body states that the number of safer gambling messages displayed on gambling sites ‘has more than doubled in just six months’. The 10-pledge plan was initially unveiled at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March and set out the new standards …

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UKGC issues guidance on copyright duties

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has urged licensed operators to register their subsidiaries with the City of London Police’s ‘Infringing Website List’ (IWL) to safeguard the UK’s digital laws on intellectual property rights and copyright infringement. The IWL is an online portal operated by London Police’s ‘Intellectual Property Crime Unit’ (PIPCU), which maintains an up-to-date list of websites that infringe …

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Winning Post: New UK stats tell an ex-growth story…

Regulus Partners observes new UK gambling sector realities drawn from improved granular statistics monitoring industry disciplines. Meanwhile, the strategic consultancy analyses the many binding narratives which will drive the forthcoming government review of the 2005 Gambling Act… __________________ The GB Industry Statistics to March 2020 have further improved granularity, especially in quarterly reporting. Adjustments still need to be made (especially …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Affordability takes centre stage

In the Gambling Commission’s March 2018 Online Gambling Review, published very shortly after Neil McArthur took over as its Chief Executive, the view was expressed that “overall, progress by the online industry to minimise harm has been significantly slower than we expected and required”. That set in motion a chain of events that has reached its zenith in the last …

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UKGC hands £2.8m penalty to BoyleSports for AML duty failures

BoyleSports has been issued a £2.8 million penalty and ordered to fulfil additional requirements related to its online gambling licence following a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) investigation into money laundering failures. The UKGC’s penalty enforcement cited that the operator’s Boylesports.com and Boylecasino.com domains had failed to safeguard ‘appropriate money laundering risk assessments’, combined with further failings on AML duties and …

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Neil McArthur: Operators must ensure highest standards during new lockdown

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Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has reiterated the government’s stance that licensed operators must ensure the highest operating standards and customer protections during the ongoing November lockdown.  McArthur issued a personal statement to betting leadership as the UK entered its second national lockdown last week, underlining that the highest expectations had been placed on online …

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Buttigieg and Elliot to lead GVC’s customer care duties

GVC Holdings has strengthened its group customer care units by creating two new leadership roles to maintain direct oversight of customer responsibilities, safeguards and duties. Confirmed to SBC News, long-term Group AML Director Paul Buttigieg has been promoted to the new position of ‘Director of Player Protection’. GVC stated that Buttigieg would take on an ‘international remit’ to bolster leadership …

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UKGC opens public consultation on identifying vulnerable customers

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced its latest public consultation as it seeks evidence and opinions to form ‘stronger requirements’ with regards to how online licensees identify vulnerable or high-risk customers. In its statement, the Commission underlined that it will require a diverse range of input from all industry stakeholders – tech, compliance, payment, customer welfare and management – …

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