DCMS launches consultation on changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures
"In October 2016 the Government commenced a review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures applied to protect players and communities from gambling related harm.
The review sought evidence-based proposals on:
A total of 275 responses were received including comments from stakeholders, Local Authorities, charities and members of the public. Published responses can be found here.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) stated that the aim of the review was to ensure that legislation ‘strikes the right balance between a sector that can grow and contribute to the economy, while also ensuring it is socially responsible and doing all it should to protect consumers and communities, including those who are just about managing’.
Following the call for evidence, the DCMS has today published its long awaited consultation on its proposals which include:
1. Regulatory changes to the maximum stake permitted on category B2 gaming machines (FOBTs), considering options between £50 and £2, in order to reduce the potential for large session losses and potentially harmful impacts on players and their wider communities:
2. Retention of the current regulatory environment for the remaining stakes and prizes, permitted numbers and allocations across other categories of gaming machines (B1, B3, B3A, B4, C and D): and
3. Social responsibility measures across gaming machines that enable high rates of loss, player protections in the online sector, and a package of measures on gambling advertising and on current arrangements for the delivery of research, education and treatment.
The consultation period will run for 12 weeks from the 31st October 2017 until the 23rd January 2018.
For further information on this issue of any other gambling related legal issue contact Licensing Solicitor Richard Bradley on 0115 953 8500.
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