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Guidance for submitting a proposal for Regulatory Settlement funding

Guidance around submitting a proposal for Regulatory Settlement funding including what Regulatory Settlement funds are and criteria for proposals.

Strict rules for operators

Under the terms of a settlement, there is to be no publicity or benefit for the operator in connection with the amount and we ask that it is recorded as a payment in relation to a regulatory settlement rather than a donation (to the extent that it is possible to clarify this in the records).

We usually specify that the operator makes the payment as a restricted donation using the following wording:

"In accordance with the regulatory settlement agreed with the Gambling Commission in lieu of a financial penalty, the monies represent a restricted donation to XXX to to reduce gambling harms and to be allocated to projects approved by the Commission."

This wording is used to demonstrate that the delivery of the projects is free from influence of the operators.

It may also be relevant to see the type of information we put out when sharing details of regulatory settlements. The following example demonstrates the way in which the operator’s role is set out publicly, "This settlement consists of: £4.8 million payment in lieu of a financial penalty which will be directed towards delivering the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms…".

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