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Review of the licence conditions and codes and associated technical standards relating to responsible gambling provision

22 April 2014

A review is underway to strengthen the social responsibility and player protection/harm minimisation elements of our Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice, and our Guidance to Licensing Authorities. This review was referenced at page 8 of the LCCP responses document (opens in new tab) published on 31 March.

The review, which is being led by Gambling Commission Commissioner Rachel Lampard, takes into account:

  • the Secretary of State’s call for aspects of the Association of British Bookmaker’s betting code to be mandated
  • our work with the Advertising Standards Authority on the marketing and advertising of free bets and bonuses
  • the need for significant progress in establishing national self-exclusion schemes for both remote and non-remote gamblers.

We will also be consulting on aspects of the regulation of bingo. This is in response to:

  • recent interest in the provision of bingo outside of the environment with which it is normally associated
  • the risk that bingo will be offered under the auspices of a bingo premises licence despite the fact that bingo is unlikely to be the primary activity in those premises
  • recent technical developments related to the offer of electronic bingo.

We expect to publish proposals for formal consultation this summer.

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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