Since 2005 when the Gambling Act was last reviewed there have been huge changes in gambling behaviours, the most significant being the use of mobile phones to make bets or gamble online.The Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) launched a ‘call for evidence’ to look at spending limits, gambling-related advertising, bonuses, and more protection of the younger generation from gambling related harm.
‘Call For Evidence’
The call for evidence will commence for 16 weeks until March 2021, depending on the findings, new regulation maybe set-in place.The DCMS said, “The findings will be used to inform any changes to the Gambling Act 2005 to ensure customer protection is at the heart of the regulations while giving those that gamble safely the freedom to do so. “The government recognises the need to balance the enjoyment people get from gambling with the right regulatory framework and protections.”
UK Gambling Commission Under Review
The UK Gambling Commission will also come under scrutiny after criticism from the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office stating the UKGC were under-resourced. They have been labeled as ‘not fit for purpose’ by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on gambling-related harm.The DCMS may look at creating a new gambling ombudsman to free up time for the UKGC to concentrate on licensing issues rather than trying to manage the whole sector single-handedly.Secretary of State for Digital Culture Oliver Dowden said, “While millions gamble responsibly, the Gambling Act is an analogue law in a digital age. From an era of having a flutter in a high street bookmaker, casino, racecourse, or seaside pier, the industry has evolved at breakneck speed.“The comprehension review will ensure we are tackling problem gambling in all its forms to protect children and vulnerable people. It will also help those who enjoy placing a bet do so safely.”