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Reviewing and strengthening licence conditions and codes of practice

31 March 2014

The Gambling Commission has today published a number of changes to the 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 anti-money laundering and individuals taking direct responsibility for compliance and information reporting – including a broadening of the scope for reporting suspicious betting patterns related to match fixing.

Further changes to LCCP which will also take effect on or after 1 August 2014 will be published by the end of April. These include requiring greater transparency around the protection of customer funds, improvements on the display of licensed status for gambling websites and controls on the use of payment processors.

The staggered publication of all these LCCP changes gives operators 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) Act are clear what is required of them from the outset.

In addition to these changes, a further review is underway to strengthen those licence conditions and codes and associated technical standards relating to responsible gambling provision. This review, which is being led by Gambling 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
  • the Commission’s 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.

It will also cover Guidance to Local Licensing Authorities. The Commission expects to publish proposals for formal consultation this summer.

Related to the work on LCCP, the Commission will release information on the testing strategy for compliance with its remote gambling and software technical standards in April. 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, in parallel with the LCCP changes 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 document part one (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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