Gambling industry statistics are published twice a year (in May and November) and provide the latest information on each sector regulated by the Gambling Commission.

The latest statistics, which include online gambling services offered to customers in Britain, cover the period between April 2016 and March 2017.

The Gambling Commission have published their response to the consultation on proposals to change some parts of the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) applicable to lottery operators.  

They have listened to the concerns that lottery operators and trade associations have voiced, and amended the wording of the codes to reflect some of these concerns. They have also removed the proposed definition of high frequency lotteries, as proposed, although they have rephrased the low frequency definition to correctly include local authority lottery operators. 

These changes will come into force on 4 April 2018, to coincide with changes to data requirements announced following the consultation last year on regulatory data collection.

The guiding principles throughout this review process was to ensure consumers have information available to them on the nature of the lottery products on offer, and the percentage of lottery proceeds returned to the purposes of each society.

You can see the consultation response, together with the consultation itself at the link below.  

The Commission thanks the Hospice Lotteries Association and its members for their responses to the consultation – they have been extremely valuable, and we have tried to take into account the concerns expressed.

http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/Consultations/Closed-consultations-with-response/Have-your-say-on-changes-to-society-lottery-codes-of-practice.aspx

The Gambling Commission have published guidance on the changes to regulatory returns that will be coming into effect from April 2018. The guidance can be accessed at this link.

The regulatory data consultation held in 2016, with responses published mid-2017, outlined the changes which will be made to regulatory return submission due from April 2018. Within the responses document, they made a commitment to publish the guidance ahead of when the changes are due to be implemented to give operators enough time to prepare for the changes.

The commission have taken into account the feedback provided by the responses on the need for clarification on some of the definitions, as well as the high demand for all guidance to be accessible in a collective form. The guidance for returns due to be submitted from April 2018 is now on their website and will be replicated in e-services from April.

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