The U.K. Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate commercial gambling in Britain in partnership with licensing authorities. The body is an independent non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in Great Britain. Those gambling websites trading with, or advertising to, consumers in Britain must have a current Gambling Commission licence. The recently posted 2017-2018 business plan for the Commission has included a request for the gambling industry to participate in the formation of a long term strategy for the organization.
Success of the United Kingdom’s regulatory platform has depended on its ability to keep high standards and ensure consumers and the industry are protected and treated fairly. The endeavours of the Commission have led to a better understanding between the public and the wagering industry as well as improved rules and requirements.
Interested stakeholders in the gambling sector as well as the consumer are asked to add to the three year program by filling in an online form by the deadline date of May 5th.
Chairman UKGC William Moyes commented on the business plan and the invitation to contribute, “By no means are we starting from scratch with our long-term strategy, but we are calling on all our stakeholders to share their views about how we and our partners can have the greatest impact for consumers - who are at the heart of everything we do at the Commission.” Moyes continued, “These highly valued contributions will help us to continue to improve how we deliver our core responsibilities.
“There is also a need to build and maintain consumer trust against the backdrop of changing consumer behaviour.
“To do this, we wish to encourage the industry to be increasingly innovative to continue to keep gambling safe, fair and crime free.’’