Published: January 16, 2018

UK Gambling Commission eBulletin

Monday 15 January 2018

Welcome to the Gambling Commission’s fortnightly newsletter.
New version of Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP)

A new version of the LCCP has been published. The changes, which come into force on 4 April, relate to the data operators must supply and the provision of more data to lottery players.   

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Letter to online casino operators
We have written to all online casino operators to raise concerns about the sector’s approach to anti-money laundering and social responsibility.
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Changes to our enforcement strategy for the National Lottery

The changes harmonise our approach to National Lottery enforcement with our approach to enforcement under the Gambling Act.

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Update on probe into unfair promotional terms and misleading practices at ICE

Gambling operators from across the globe are being invited to catch-up with the Commission at ICE Totally Gaming in London.

Amongst the many events we're involved in at ICE we'll be hosting a session on 6 February in South Gallery 23 with the Competition and Markets Authority and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to provide an overview of work in this area and take questions. 

To register interest email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 29 January, with ‘ICE event’ in the email header, and provide the name of the attendee, job title and organisation. Due to limited capacity, we request one attendee per operator. Please submit any questions you would like to ask at the event to us by email before 12noon on 2 February.

Occasional use notices (OUNs)

Before the big events in the racing calendar get underway, we’d like to remind bookmakers about appropriate use of OUNs.

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Machines statistics digest
A closer look at the recent industry statistics on gaming machines.
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Is the advertising for your lottery misleading? 
Where information about the prizes available in your lottery is published you must make sure this is done in a clear, transparent and unambiguous way so that consumers will be entirely clear of the prizes being offered.
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Making lotteries clearer for consumers - Gambling Commission raises standards with new codes for society lottery operators
New requirements making it easier for consumers to understand where money raised from society lottery ticket sales goes are being introduced.
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Using SMS short codes for lottery promotion
This is a new initiative in the sector and may potentially involve an increased risk to compliance.
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Regulatory return guidance
As a result of the Regulatory Data consultation (November 2016), we have published guidance on regulatory returns due to be submitted from April 2018.
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Societies running lotteries for other good causes
Societies holding a lottery licence with the Commission or a registration with their local authority can also run lotteries to raise funds for other good causes provided that the aims and objectives allow them to do so.
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How private businesses can help with lottery fundraising
There are a number of ways that commercial private sector businesses can become involved in fundraising by promoting their own lotteries or by supporting lotteries promoted by charities and other good causes.
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Borehamwood workshop to make gambling safer and free from crime
The workshop provided advice about common compliance findings, tackling money laundering and helping gamblers stay safe using multi-operator self-exclusion and local risk assessments.
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Come to see us at EAG International this week
We’ll be at EAG International at the ExCel London Exhibition Centre this week, come and see us at stand number 234.
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