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Additional consultations not referenced in the White Paper

Proposed change How it will be delivered Next step Current status Has the Commission/ Government provided any responses yet?
Affordability: Introduction of firmer rules on when online operators must carry out financial risk checks on customers. Gambling Commission powers (amendments to LCCP) Gambling Commission consultation Summer 2023 – link to consultation here. Closed 18 Oct 2023. Awaiting response. No
Stake limits: Introduction of a maximum stake on online slots games. Secondary legislation DCMS consultation Summer 2023 – link to consultation here – closed 4 Oct 2023. Awaiting Government response. Yes, see Government Response here.
Online game design: Review of game speeds and the removal of features which make online games riskier. Gambling Commission powers (amendments to remote technical standards) Assessment of initial impact of changes Link to the Commission’s published assessment here.
Gambling Commission consultation Summer 2023 – link to consultation here. Closed 18 Oct 2023. Awaiting Government response. No
Harm prevention: Potential introduction of mandatory data sharing about high risk customers between online operators to prevent harm. Gambling Commission powers (amendments to LCCP) Results of initial trial to be announced Summer 2023 – link to consultation here. Closed 18 Oct 2023. Awaiting response. No
Direct marketing and cross selling: allowing consumers to have more control over the direct marketing they receive Gambling Commission powers (amendments to LCCP) Gambling Commission consultation Summer 2023 – link to consultation here. Closed 18 Oct 2023. Awaiting response. No
Player-centric tool improvements: Consultation to take place on increasing uptake of such tools, including whether online deposit limits should be mandatory or opt-out (rather than opt-in). Gambling Commission powers (exact mechanism TBC) Gambling Commission consultation Autumn 2023 – link to consultation here. Closes 21 Feb. No
Incentives: Requirement that bonuses and free bets are provided in a socially responsible manner which doesn’t increase the risk of harm. Gambling Commission powers (exact mechanism TBC) Gambling Commission consultation Autumn 2023 – link to consultation here. Closes 21 Feb. No
Risk information: Improvement in messaging about gambling-related risks. Government policy Government working group to commence No
Football sponsorship: The Premier League will voluntarily end front-of-shirt sponsorships from gambling companies. Premier League policy Premier League to implement ban End of 2025/2026 football season N/A
Review of licence fees: Review of fees to ensure the Commission has necessary resources for enforcement and to deliver White Paper commitments. Secondary legislation DCMS consultation on reviewing fees 2024 No
Gambling Commission powers: Commission to be given new powers against the black market and to replace the system of how fees are changed. Primary/secondary legislation TBC When Parliamentary time allows No
Statutory levy: Introduction of a statutory levy paid by operators to the Commission to fund research, education and treatment of gambling harms. Secondary legislation DCMS consultation on design and scope Autumn 2023 – link to consultation here – closes 14 Dec 2023 No
Ombudsman: Introduction of an ombudsman to deal with customer disputes and appropriate redress in the event of operators’ social responsibility failures. Voluntary initially, with legislation if needed Process for appointment to commence Process for appointment to commence in spring/summer 2023 with the intention that the ombudsman is managing complaints within a year No
Under-18 protection: Work to close gaps to prevent under-18s gambling online, on fruit machines that pay cash and on scratch cards. Voluntary action and secondary legislation, with primary legislation when Parliamentary time allows DCMS consultation on secondary legislation on cash pay-out machines Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation. Closed on 4 Oct 2023. Awaiting Government response No
Casinos: Amendments to rules on the number of machines permitted in casinos, and the offering of credit by high-end casinos to particular overseas visitors Primary and secondary legislation DCMS consultation on outstanding issues Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation. Closed on 4 Oct 2023. Awaiting Government response No
Cashless payments: Development of consultation options for cashless payments on gaming machines, including player protections Secondary legislation and Gambling Commission powers (exact mechanism TBC) Consultation (unspecified) Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation. Closed on 4 Oct 2023. Awaiting Government response  No
Machine ratios: Amending the 80/20 machine rule to 50/50 for an even split of low and medium maximum stake machines Secondary legislation DCMS consultation Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation. Closed on 4 Oct 2023. Awaiting Government response No
Premises licence fees: Review of fee cap for local authority, plus the alignment of gambling licensing with alcohol licensing when Parliamentary time allows Primary and secondary legislation DCMS consultation Summer 2023 –Link to DCMS consultation. Closed on 4 Oct 2023. Awaiting Government response No
Horseracing: Review of the Horserace Betting Levy to ensure appropriate funding is maintained for horse racing Secondary legislation Stakeholder engagement, evidence gathering and analysis This is due to be reviewed in 2024, and industry stakeholders have called for changes to the levy framework. For more info, see here No
Proposed change How it will be delivered Next step When next step is expected
Personal Management Licenses Gambling Commission powers (amendments to LCCP) Gambling Commission consultation Link to Gambling Commission consultation. Closed 18 Oct 2023.

 

Awaiting Commission response

No
Procedures for Regulatory Panels Gambling Commission powers (amendments to LCCP) Gambling Commission consultation Link to Gambling Commission consultation. Closed 18 Oct 2023.

 

Awaiting Commission response

No
Transparency of protection of customer funds: proposals to increase transparency to consumers if their funds are held by licensees that offer no protection in the event of insolvency. Autumn 2023 – link to consultation here. Closes 21 Feb
Requirement to make annual financial contributions to Research, Prevention and Treatment: removing the existing requirement to contribute to a set list of research, prevention and treatment bodies in the context of Government proposals to introduce a statutory levy in the future. Autumn 2023 – link to consultation here. Closes 21 Feb No
Regulatory data: increasing the frequency of reporting for many licensees from annual to quarterly. Autumn 2023 – link to consultation here. Closes 21 Feb No
Financial penalties: changes to the way in which the penal element of financial penalties is imposed following a breach including measures to ensure penalties are set at a level where the costs of non-compliance outweigh the costs of compliance. 15 December 2023 – link to the consultation here. Closes 15 March 2024. No
Financial key event reporting: amending the rules so that licensees provide the Commission with relevant information about their finances and interests. 15 December 2023 – link to consultation here. Closes 15 March 2024. No