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Consultation response

Changes to information requirements in the LCCP, regulatory returns, official statistics, and related matters

Parts I and II of the consultation response that sets out our position in relation to the information the Gambling Commission requires licensees to provide us.


Proposal 2: Changes to licence condition 13.1.2 (Pool betting – football pools)


We proposed to remove the requirement for the reporting to us of persons authorised by licensees in respect of football pool betting. The proposed revision does not affect the existing statutory requirements and licensees will still be required nominate an authorised person under section 93(3) of the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab).

Consultation question

Question 1.2. Do you agree with the proposed changes to the licence condition?

Respondents' views

There was broad support for this Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) licence condition change. Several respondents noted that the proposal was pragmatic and would not unduly reduce our oversight of football pool betting operations; given that we would still require licensees (and any person they so authorise) to retain records of all transactions relevant to those operations.

Others noted that the removal of the reporting requirement would reduce the regulatory burden on licensees. Some respondents requested clarification on whether we needed licensees to report the recorded pool betting transactions to us on a regular basis.

Our position

The proposed revision removes the requirement for operators to report nominated persons to us. It does not affect the existing statutory requirements and licensees will still be required to nominate an authorised person under section 93(2) of the Gambling Act. The proposal does not affect the substance of licence condition 13.1.1 (2) and we will continue to require licensees to store these and make them available for our inspection on request. Licence condition 13.1.2 (2) will be renumbered to become 13.1.2 (1) to reflect the change.

The following change will take effect from 31 October 2020.

Final wording of amended licence condition 13.1.2

Licence condition 13.1.2
Pool betting - football pools
All pool betting operating licences which authorise football pools

1 Licensees and any person they so authorise under Section 93(3) of the Gambling Act 2005 in respect of football pool betting, must produce and retain a record of the transactions relevant to each pool that they offer. The record must be capable of identifying individual bets into the pool and relating these to the subsequent payment of winnings where applicable. Licensees must make this information available to the Commission on request.

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