The Gambling Commission has unveiled a new enforcement strategy which will be used to tackle operators who breach gambling regulations.
The new strategy, which comes into force today, follows the Commission’s consultation: Changes to our enforcement strategy: putting the consumer first.
Key changes include:
- Changes to the Commission’s statement on financial penalties including introducing higher penalties for breaches, particularly where it sees systemic and repeated failings
- Putting all regulatory tools, including licence review (both of the operator and personal management licences), on an equal footing by removing the current bias in favour of settlement
- Using time-limited discounts to create better incentives for early settlement.
Sarah Harrison, Commission Chief Executive, said: “We will use the full range of enforcement powers to ensure operators put customers first and raise standards.
“The industry can be assured that we will use our powers in a targeted way, and consumers and the public can be assured we will take robust and effective action when gambling companies don’t meet their obligations.”
Read the Commission’s licensing objectives.