UKGC to launch gaming machines consultation

2 December 2015

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that it is to launch a new consultation to allow stakeholders and members of the public to have their say on where gaming machines can be played.

The national regulatory body said current licence conditions, codes of practice and accompanying guidance to licensing authorities need to be revised to ensure underlying policy objectives that seek to minimise gambling-related harm are achieved.

The UKGC is aiming to confine gambling to dedicated premises such as casinos and betting shops, apart from very few low-risk exceptions, as well as maintain distinctions between different types of licensed gambling premises.

The body has also set a goal of ensuring gambling activities are supervised in “the correct manner” and that, within the various gambling premises, machines should only be made available in combination with the non-remote gambling facilities named on the operating licence.

“The consultation controlling where gaming machines may be played sets out why this area remains a policy priority for the Commission and also proposes how we feel we can embed the above policy objectives consistently across the industry whilst ensuring that regulation remains proportionate to the risks to the licensing objectives,” the UKGC added.

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