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UK Government Publishes Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures

- May 28, 2018 By Oliver Young -

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Government review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures published.

The UK Government has published its review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures. This move comes two months after the UK Gambling Commission released its formal advice on the measures for gaming machines and social responsibility. Namely, at the time, the Commission highlighted the need of Governmental actions when it comes to ensuring a safer and better gaming environment to UK consumers.

As the Commission’s measures were adopted by the Government, their Chief Executive Neil McArthur was quick to comment on the Government’s Review. Namely, he pointed out that they were “pleased” that the Government supported “a comprehensive package of measures” whose aim is to protect consumers. Moreover, he mentioned the importance of the stake reductions, but also didn’t fail to point out that the step alone would not be enough to cover the risks arising from all forms of gambling.

UK Gambling Commission Satisfied with the Changes

In his statement, McArthur pointed out their satisfaction from Government’s decision to formally recognize harm caused by gambling as a public health issue. In this regard, the Chief Executive addressed the Public Health England to conduct an evidence review and then to propose action on treatment and prevention of such harm. MrArthur went on explaining that the Government’s action was an “important step forward” when it comes to understanding problem gambling and its wider harms in UK communities.

Lastly, the Chief Executive finished by pointing out that tackling gambling-related harm was “a complex issue” that needs a lot of work. Therefore, he promised that the UK Gambling Commission would support the Government in monitoring the impact from the freshly announced changed.

Under the new regulations, the UK Gambling Commission has been given a serious task to take forward discussion with the industry in order to provide better player protection measures; this applies to gaming machines from B1 and B3 categories and revising spending and time limits.

FOBTs Max Stakes Officially Reduced to £2

Just like the UK Gambling Commission advised, the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) is now reduced to £2 from £100. This is supposed to reduce the risk of harm arising from gambling, announced Tracey Crouch the Minister for Sport and Civil Society. She pointed out that the move results consultation with both the public and the industry; it is expected to ensure balance between having a socially responsible sector and a growing sector.

Other UKGC proposed measures that were confirmed in the Government’s Review include toughening up protections, launching an advertising campaign and reviewing age limit for taking part in National Lottery games.

Toughening up protections applies to better age verification rules as well as proposing that operators set spending limits for consumers until affordability checks are completed. Moreover, a major advertising campaign will be launched in order to promote responsible gambling throughout the country. Additionally, all gambling-related ads will have to come with a responsible gambling message.

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