Increased scrutiny of the gambling industry

Increased scrutiny of the gambling industry

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by Dhruti Gore, Associate

by Dhruti Gore, Associate

The Competition and Markets Authority and the Gambling Commission has only just announced its joint investigation on operators’ terms and conditions and now operators find themselves under scrutiny again as the government has launched a consultation on gambling advertising and FOBTs.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a call for evidence on gambling advertising, and on maximum stakes and prizes for all gaming machines and their number.

DCMS will look at FOBTs and the potential harm they cause and other rules on gaming machines. The call to evidence will also review measures to protect against gambling related harm including the impacts of gambling advertising and whether the right regulations are currently in place to protect children and vulnerable people.

Minister for Gambling Tracey Crouch said:

“It is important that gambling regulations strike the right balance between allowing the industry to contribute to the economy and enable people to bet responsibly whilst ensuring consumers and communities are protected.”

The consultation review period was launched on 24 October and ends on December 4. The full consultation document can be found here.