The Gambing Commission recently published a first of its kind National Strategic Assessment which is a document that uses the latest available evidence to assess the risks that gambling presents to both consumers and the public. The evidence is based on a wide range of reliable sources and case studies. The Commission also published their latest annual Compliance and Enforcement Report which included the work they have carried out over the last financial year.
A National Strategic Assessment Report
The report has set out the Commission's priority actions to address these risks and issues and to highlight a number of areas where significant progress has been made to make online gambling safer.
Areas that have already made progress in the step towards safer gambling has been highlighted.
Speaking about the new publication; Commission Chief Executive Neil McArthur said “We will use our National Strategic Assessment as the foundation for prioritising our work over the coming months and years.
“We look forward to working with the government on the forthcoming review of the Gambling Act and alongside that work we will be working hard to address the issues that we have identified in our Strategic Assessment.”
He went on to say “We have demonstrated that we are willing and able to respond quickly to emerging issues and risks and that we will use the full range of our powers to protect consumers. We have made considerable progress in many areas to make gambling safer - but we want to go further and faster.”
Annual Compliance and Enforcement Report
In addition to that the Commission also published their latest annual Compliance and Enforcement Report. This document has featured a number of the regulator’s extensive casework against license holders and has detailed where standards need to be raised in the industry.
In this years report the Commission set out how over the last financial year their work has included:
- Commencing reviews on a total of 49 people who hold personal licences to operate gambling businesses
- They have suspended five operating licences
- Revoked 11 operating licences
- The Commission has issued 12 financial penalty packages of regulatory settlements – totalling over £30 million.
- They have carried out 234 security audits and 33 website reviews
- Conducted 350 compliance assessments of land-based and online operators
- Dealt with 630 reports of suspicious betting activity, sports rules breaches and the misuse of inside information
- There have been over 3,000 intelligence reports generated
Mr McArthur continued “Holding an operating licence or a personal licence is a privilege, not a right, and we expect our licensees to protect consumers from harm and treat them fairly.
“Our latest report shows that where licensees fail to meet the standards we expect, we will take tough action, including the suspension and revocation of licences. It also charts how we are shifting our focus towards personal management licence holders - those in boardrooms and senior positions need to live up to their responsibilities and we will continue to hold people to account for failings they knew, or ought to have known, about.”
He concluded with “Everyone has a part to play to make gambling safer and learning the lessons from the failings identified in this report is one way of doing that.”