E-Bulletin 20 May – Gambling Commission Newsletter

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Government response to measures relating to the land-based gambling sector

Government has published its response to measures relating to the land-based gambling sector. 

The response forms part of the government’s smarter regulation programme of regulatory reform measures that began in May 2023 with the publication of Smarter regulation to grow the economy.

The planned measures include casino measures; machine allowances for arcades and bingo halls; cashless payments on gaming machines; an introduction of an age limit on ‘cash out’ Category D slot-style machines and a review of licensing authority fees.

Read the government’s full consultation outcome on measures relating to the land-based gambling sector

Reminder to land-based operators on preventing credit card payments

Land-based operators are reminded they must ensure they do not inadvertently permit customers to use credit cards for any gambling transaction made on a card payment terminal. This includes ‘cashback’ transactions where a consumer uses their card to make a payment on a card terminal and the operator provides cash or tokens for gambling in exchange for that card payment.

If you are unsure whether your card payment terminals are configured to prevent credit cards, or otherwise you are aware that they do accept credit cards, you should put procedures in place immediately to prevent such transactions.

Read more about credit cards and cashback

Recent public appearances – Andrew Rhodes

Commission Chief Executive Andrew Rhodes recently gave speeches at the Westminster Media Forum on 13 May 2024 and the Bingo Association AGM on 9 May 2024.

Read Andrew Rhodes’ full Westminster Media Forum speech

Read Andrew Rhodes’ full Bingo Association AGM speech

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