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Further strengthening to licence conditions and codes of practice

01 May 2014

The Gambling Commission has published further changes to Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) that apply to licensed gambling operators.

These changes, which take effect on or after 1 August 2014, relate to improvements on the display of licensed status for gambling websites, notification of suspicious activity report unique reference numbers to the Commission, controls on the use of payment processors, and requirements for greater transparency on the risks to customer funds.

The changes follow extensive public consultation and the announcement of new controls. The publication of all these LCCP changes ensures operators have at least three months in which to make any necessary adjustments in order to comply. It also ensures that those applying for licences following enactment of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill are clear what is required of them from the outset.

In addition to these changes:

  • there is a further review to strengthen those licence conditions and codes and associated technical standards relating to responsible gambling. This is being led by Gambling Commissioner Rachel Lampard
  • we will release information on the testing strategy for compliance with its remote gambling and software technical standards in May. This will include, for example, changes to allow for the transition of games currently offered in the British market by those presently licensed overseas, and
  • we will be consulting on an updated and slightly expanded edition of our Statement of principles which sets the framework within which the Commission works.

Full details of all the planned changes are explained in the responses documents (opens in new tab).

Note to editors

  1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.
  2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (opens in new tab).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice (opens in new tab).

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