The UKGC will change the way it imposes penalties, according to Tim Miller, the executive director. According to Miller, this will help the industry by forcing operators to remain compliant.
At the law conference, Miller revealed more details about the authority’s plans. Changes to the way the UKGC deals with penalties will be the subject of upcoming consultations. Operators will be encouraged to remain compliant by changing how fines are calculated. Miller hopes to switch to a more transparent system.
Following feedback on the current model, Miller and the UKGC plan to change the consultations. Some people doubt whether consultation responses really make a difference, and the executive director shared that some people feel that the Regulator takes a “scattergun approach” to consultations.
New consultation windows will be launched by the Commission to avoid the scattergun approach.
Gambling harm prevention was the next thing Miller talked about. The way in which the UKGC measures harm will be changed in order to protect UK players. The estimates are not flawless, which is why a different approach is needed. Miller and the Commission will use more precise data solutions because of that.
The pilot data the Commission released sparks interest but cannot be used to estimate problem gambling rates at this stage.
Miller said that the UKGC has not been playing a waiting game. The UKGC will change what needs changing. Miller pointed out that the Commission is against unsustainable rules and requirements.
The country’s gambling review may be influenced by the latest developments in British politics. Chris Philp resigned as the DCMS Minister for Tech and Digital. Philp played a key role in the United Kingdom’s ongoing gambling review, so his departure may lead to further delays. John White, CEO of Bacta, urged the upcoming government to take care of the white paper as soon as possible.