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National Strategic Assessment 2020

This report sets out our latest assessment of the issues we face and the risks that gambling poses to consumers and the public

  1. Contents
  2. The provider of facilities for gambling
  3. What are the issues - Tackling suspicious gambling activity

What are the issues - Tackling suspicious gambling activity

The UK regulatory framework is considered a global leader in working with partner agencies to prevent economic crime. The mutual evaluation report of the Financial Action Task Force praised the Gambling Commission’s understanding of money laundering and terrorist financing risks. The report commended the risk-based approach to our supervisory role 45.

As the operators we license and regulate are increasingly operating in a global market, we have spent time sharing intelligence with international regulators to make gambling safer and crime free.

All gambling operators have a responsibility to keep economic crime out of gambling, but non-remote and remote casinos have additional responsibilities under the Money Laundering Regulations. Areas where operators fail often include:

Insufficient depth of knowledge demonstrated by Personal Management Licence holders which has led to concerns as to competence and integrity.

Operators adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach to their Risk Assessment when it should be tailored to the specific Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (MLTF) risks relevant to their business.

Failure to adequately demonstrate their Risk Assessment has due regard to the Commission’s Risk Assessment and that they are keeping up to date with fluctuating standards in alternative jurisdictions whilst rigorously meeting GB legislation and standards.

Where the over-arching Risk Assessment is deficient, this leads to ineffective policies, procedures and controls.

Licensees and PML holders failing to learn lessons from published compliance and enforcement activity and applying controls in their business.

Failure to provide regular, quality training to staff including Money Laundering Reporting Officers and Nominated Officers.

Demonstrating a static and ineffective approach to customer risk profiling and enhanced customer due diligence when it should be dynamic and capable of identifying both current and developing risks

GC action

We will continue to apply international best practice through the implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations and by updating our Money Laundering risk assessment.

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