Third UK White Paper consultation to focus exclusively on land-based sector

Shirley Pulis Xerxen 2 months ago
Third UK White Paper consultation to focus exclusively on land-based sector

Andrew Rhodes, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) confirmed that the third White Paper consultation will focus entirely on the land-based gaming sector.

Speaking at the Bingo Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2024, Rhodes provided insights into the implementation of the Gambling Act Review White Paper. Rhodes addressed the audience, highlighting the importance of collaboration and data-driven decision-making in the gambling sector.

“The better our evidence, the better decisions we can make. This, in turn, will lead to better
outcomes for everyone involved: consumers and operators included.”

Rhodes began by expressing his enthusiasm to update the attendees on the Commission’s work since the previous AGM, emphasising the ongoing efforts to implement the White Paper effectively. He underscored the role of the Government’s policy in shaping the future of gambling across England, Scotland, and Wales, emphasising the need to prioritise its successful implementation for the benefit of all involved.

“The White Paper and the Government policy it contained was a signal moment for gambling in Great Britain
and a once in a generation opportunity to deliver positive change.”

Rhodes also shed light on the Commission’s commitment to enhancing the evidence base around gambling, citing the importance of accurate data for effective regulation. He highlighted the following priority areas where the GC wants to see more research being conducted, namely:

  • early gambling experiences and gateway products
  • the range and variability of gambling experiences
  • gambling-related harms and vulnerability
  • the impact of operator practices
  • product characteristics and risk
  • illegal gambling and crime.

Rhodes also mentioned ongoing stakeholder engagement initiatives and collaborations with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to ensure a coordinated approach to implementing regulatory changes.

During his speech, Rhodes discussed the various consultations conducted by the Commission, including topics such as Financial Risk Checks and regulatory returns. He highlighted upcoming changes, such as the tightening of age verification processes and the introduction of new rules affecting land-based licensees. These adjustments, outlined in the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP), are set to be implemented in stages from August 2024 to February 2025.

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