Review of the licence conditions and codes and associated technical standards relating to responsible gambling provision


Date: 22 April 2014

A review is underway to strengthen the social responsibility and player protection/harm minimisation elements of our Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice, and our Guidance to Licensing Authorities. This review was referenced at page 8 of the LCCP responses document published on 31 March.

The review, which is being led by Gambling Commission Commissioner Rachel Lampard, takes into account:

  • the Secretary of State’s call for aspects of the Association of British Bookmaker’s betting code to be mandated
  • our work with the Advertising Standards Authority on the marketing and advertising of free bets and bonuses
  • the need for significant progress in establishing national self-exclusion schemes for both remote and non-remote gamblers.

We will also be consulting on aspects of the regulation of bingo. This is in response to:

  • recent interest in the provision of bingo outside of the environment with which it is normally associated
  • the risk that bingo will be offered under the auspices of a bingo premises licence despite the fact that bingo is unlikely to be the primary activity in those premises
  • recent technical developments related to the offer of electronic bingo.    

We expect to publish proposals for formal consultation this summer.