UKGC Sets Out 3 Year Plan
This week the UK Gambling Commission has set out its 5 point plan for the gaming industry. These 5 points will set the tone and agenda of the UKGC for the next three years. This follows the triennial review by the commission on the state of the gambling industry in the UK.
While it is one of the safest and most reliable gambling markets in the world, recent concerns have been raised over the effect this legalised industry has had on UK children as well as how many businesses and operators are taking liberties with their advertisements and codes of conduct.
The Commission started off by saying that they realise that there are many legal and happy gamblers in the UK with recent poll figures showing 63% of the UK gambled at least once in 2016. With this in mind the Commission hopes to protect customers with new regulations and rules while still allowing people the freedom of choice.
Tougher Regulation And More Awareness
The first of the 5 points on the Commission’s 3 year plan is to employ tougher and broader sanctions on operators that fail to meet the standards set out by the UKGC. These standards should include treating all customers fairly and to ensure that players have a safe gaming environment at all times.
The second point covers responsible gambling awareness and behaviour. While many online casinos already promote responsible gambling and offers links for people to find the help they need, the Commission feels more can be done. They wish to see more information provided to customers.
Raising Standards And Charitable Donations
The third point for the Commission to be looked at is raising the standards in the gambling market. The Commission wishes to see better promotions, better internal systems and mechanism for operators and more. Another key point for the Commission is the return to good causes from operators.
The UK Bingo industry has long had a close relationship with charitable causes with the casino gaming industry not as much involved. The Commission hopes to enforce more charitable donations, which would certainly improve the public opinion over online gambling which has taken quite a knock recently.
The final point the Commission raised was improving the way that the UKGC regulates operators. They wish to engage more and have more understanding as well as control. So far people and insiders have generally responded well to the Commission’s report but naturally smaller operators are concerned about any additional costs or penalties that could hurt them in the long run.
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