U.K.Gambling Act 2005 Fifth Effectiveness Inquiry Reconvenes

Published Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - Online-Casinos.com

As America goes through the motions to understand the online gambling industry, the United Kingdom is about to reveal the results of its fifth gambling inquiry.
The Government of the U.K and its  Culture, Media and Sport Committee is reconvening November 22 2011 to expose the effectiveness of the implementation and operation of the Gambling Act of 2005.

Interested stakeholders and others are asked to voice their opinions on the subject. Included in the discussions were the topics such as the effectiveness of the act in achievement of its core objectives. Those main goals were to ensure that gambling remains a crime-free zone, conducted in an open and fair manner, the protection of  children and vulnerable categories of people from the adverse effects of gambling and to keep updating the legislative framework with online gambling provisions. The discussions at the inquiry also touched on the financial impact of the Act on the UK gambling industry and the real effectiveness of the Gambling Commission.

The U.K. has had legal online gambling for many years and is constantly looking for inventive ways to improve the industry. The impact of the expansion of off-shore online gambling operators on the UK gambling sector and what effect the Gambling Act of 2005 had on this.
The discussions delved into the reasons why the Act has not resulted in any new licenses for casinos or “super” casinos and whether or not the classification and regulation of gaming machines was at all effective. Inquiry members heard about how the act affected levels of problem gambling incidences.

Additional testimony will be heard from organizations such as the Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs (QAAD), the Evangelical Alliance, The Methodist Church, The Salvation Army, CARE, GamCare, the National Centre for Social Research and even a gambling specialist from the University of Birmingham.
All this is in sharp contrast with the last inquiry which heard from high profile firms involved with the gambling industry in the U.K.


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