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Gambling Commission unveils new enforcement strategy

05 July 2017

The Gambling Commission has unveiled a new enforcement strategy which will be used to tackle operators who breach gambling regulations.

The new strategy, which comes into force today, follows the Commission’s consultation: Changes to our enforcement strategy: putting the consumer first.

Key changes include:

  • Changes to the Commission’s statement on financial penalties including introducing higher penalties for breaches, particularly where it sees systemic and repeated failings
  • Putting all regulatory tools, including licence review (both of the operator and personal management licences), on an equal footing by removing the current bias in favour of settlement1
  • Using time-limited discounts to create better incentives for early settlement.
  • Sarah Harrison, Commission Chief Executive, said: “We will use the full range of enforcement powers to ensure operators put customers first and raise standards.

“The industry can be assured that we will use our powers in a targeted way, and consumers and the public can be assured we will take robust and effective action when gambling companies don’t meet their obligations.”

Read the Commission’s licensing objectives.

1 A regulatory settlement is a resolution between the Commission and an operator in cases where concerns have been raised about that operator. In these instances, the Commission and the operator agree on a course of action which meets the Commission’s regulatory objectives, without having to use the Commission’s regulatory powers. This contrasts with the Commission using its powers to impose a statutory sanction following a licence review.

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