The UK Gambling Commission has announced a series of changes to its licensing conditions to help place the importance of social responsibility on casino operators.
The new changes will come into effect May 8th, 2015, with remote technical standard changes coming into effect October 31st.
The series of changes coming to operators include:
The introduction of a new Annual Assurance Statement for the larger operators - a short account – that businesses can be held to – of how, at the most senior levels of the business, operators ensure that their provision of gambling is in line with the licensing objectives;
A requirement for casinos and larger operators to conduct test purchasing, as a means of monitoring the effectiveness of their policies and procedures designed to prevent underage gambling;
Measures related to customer interaction that will help remove some of the existing barriers to identifying those experiencing harm and intervening effectively;
The implementation of multi-operator self exclusion schemes:
A new SR code provision which requires that ‘free bet’ offers are marketed in a fair and open way and do not mislead;
Additional remote technical standards for gambling management tools;
Improved training, policies, procedures and control measures to ensure access to gambling by children and young people is prevented;
Widening the methods for providing information to players;
Improved awareness of local risks to the licensing objectives for premises-based operators;
Clarification of the requirement to provide financial support to research, education and treatment;
Amendments to measures affecting sectors such as pool betting and social lotteries;
Those interested in reading the full regulations can do so here.