The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its first-ever National Strategic Assessment.
The document uses the latest available evidence, from various sources and case studies, to assess the issues and risks gambling presents to consumers and the public. It sets out UKGC’s priority actions to address those risks and issues, as well as highlighting a number of areas where significant progress is already made to make gambling safer.
Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of UKGC, said: “We will use our National Strategic Assessment as the foundation for prioritising our work over the coming months and years.
“We look forward to working with the government on the forthcoming review of the Gambling Act and alongside that work we will be working hard to address the issues that we have identiﬁed in our Strategic Assessment.
“We have demonstrated that we are willing and able to respond quickly to emerging issues and risks and that we will use the full range of our powers to protect consumers. We and have made considerable progress in many areas to make gambling safer – but we want to go further and faster.”
UKGC has also published its annual Compliance and Enforcement Report – a document featuring the findings of the regulator’s extensive casework against licence holders and detailing where the industry needs to raise standards.
Mr McArthur said: “Holding an operating licence or a personal licence is a privilege, not a right, and we expect our licensees to protect consumers from harm and treat them fairly.
“Our latest report shows that where licensees fail to meet the standards we expect, we will take tough action, including the suspension and revocation of licences. It also charts how we are shifting our focus towards personal management licence holders – those in boardrooms and senior positions need to live up to their responsibilities and we will continue to hold people to account for failings they knew, or ought to have known, about.
“Everyone has a part to play to make gambling safer and learning the lessons from the failings identified in this report is one way of doing that.”