Child Protection High on Gambling Commission’s Agenda

Child Protection High on Gambling Commission’s Agenda

Child protection in the gambling industry is one key focus of The Gambling Commission for England, Scotland and Wales’ business plan for 2019/20.

The Commission — the UK’s regulatory body on gambling — has set out its aims for the year ahead, in line with its aims to deliver its ‘Strategy 2018-2021’.

Central to the 2019 Business Plan is protecting customers and vulnerable people, including children, from the risks of gambling.

“Protecting children and the vulnerable from being harmed or exploited by gambling will continue to be a priority, with a focus on the exposure of children to gambling products,” said Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission.

The Commission also aims to improve ‘alternative dispute resolution standards’, having already published new standards in October last year.

And the industry can expect a ‘series of events focussed at raising standards’ across the board.

Children and Gambling Advertising

Another key aspect of the report is the Commission’s work on gambling advertising, with the Telegraph recently revealing children as young as six have been ‘bombarded’ with gambling adverts.

The push comes as many of the UK’s biggest betting companies agreed to stop ‘whistle-to-whistle’ gambling advertising during football matches as of July 2019.

“Working in partnership with the Advertising Standards Authority, we will review evidence and identify effective actions surrounding the impact of gambling advertising on children, young people and vulnerable people,” the Commission said.

Gaming Machines

The Commission will publish priority action on gaming machines, as calls for greater protection grow.

They will review their current protection measures for Category C and D machines, while also looking at player protection controls for Category B machines.

The Commission will determine ‘where regulatory intervention is required’ in relation to games designs, with a focus on protecting vulnerable people.

Lottery Tender & Money Laundering

The National Lottery licence will be put to tender in 2019 and the Commission is aiming to increase interest in the completion. They aim to ‘increase money raised for good causes’.

The Commission intends to publish its 2019 Money Laundering Risk Assessment in Q1 this year, and outlines its commitment to ‘developing the role of the Regulatory Supervisor for Money Laundering’ alongside the UK government.

“Our overriding objective is to make gambling fairer and safer for consumers, in what is a constantly developing market,” added McArthur.

“I am proud of the progress we have made with our ambitious strategy, but I am also clear that there is much more to do.”

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