Within the last few hours, the UK Gambling Commission; an executive non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for regulating gambling and supervising gaming law in Great Britain, has published its gambling business plan for the forthcoming year as a commitment to reducing harm caused by gambling, such as addiction, with an focus on online activities.
Chief executive officer of the UK Gambling Commission Neil McArthur said:
“We begin a new financial year in extraordinary circumstances, the Covid-19 virus will bring significant challenges for us all, including the gambling industry. With social distancing measures in place people are more likely to feel isolated and now more than ever operators must ensure that consumer safety is paramount. Gambling related harm must be drastically reduced and if operators cannot protect customers from harm we are ready and willing to act; if necessary we will use our powers to suspend and revoke operating and personal licences.”
McArthur, who joined the Commission in 2006 and is responsible for the development and effective delivery of the strategy agreed by the Board of Commissioners, added:
“Since our review of online gambling in 2018 we have tightened age and ID verification rules, strengthened rules around customer interaction, and unfair terms and conditions and most recently we banned gambling on credit cards. The volume and complexity of our work continues to grow. However, we will continue to focus our resources on the areas that have maximum impact for the greatest number of consumers and will make sure we have the capacity and capability to keep pace with emerging issues and risks that regulating a complex industry requires.”
The UK Gambling Commission, which aims to keep crime out of gambling, and to protect the vulnerable, has outlined that now more than ever gambling operators must ensure that consumer safety is paramount and will look to introduce further measures, including minimum slot spin speed, removal of games with turbo and stop features and the banning of split screen slots.