Government's White Paper To Be Published Soon

Kosta Kostadinov | Published 29 Jun 2022, 12:13 p.m.

The UK gambling scene, as we all know, is regulated by the Gambling Act, which became law back in 2005. This Act was implemented in order for all of the gambling regulations to be clearly and precisely defined. However, it seems like the advancement of technology has caused online gambling to become much more preferred among players, which is not completely covered in the Gambling Act.

To manage this sudden surge in online gambling and to keep players safe, the UK Gambling Commission has been implementing numerous measures. We have been closely following the situation and reporting on these new rules and regulations. The UK Government has been announcing the White Paper on gambling reform for some time now, but it is expected very soon now.

White Paper to be published in the following weeks

This White Paper on gambling reform comes as a result of the government’s belief that the legislation is not sufficient to handle the increased interest in online gambling and the dangers that come with it. 

Nothing has been precisely revealed to the public yet, but a lot of new rules are expected to be implemented. All of the novelties are aimed at lowering the dangers problem gambling and keeping players safe. According to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, they “are undertaking the most comprehensive review of gambling laws in 15 years to ensure they are fit for the digital age”.

There are several speculations in regards to the new rules, which are very likely to be implemented. For example, the bet range for casino games might be limited and the allowed maximum would be only between £2 and £5. Furthermore, Firms will most likely be expected to remove any online features that promote or could result in gambling harm.

All free bets are to be banned, as they are seen as gambling incentives. Plus, VIP packages will need to be taken away from players that have has heavy losses. This will be determined by non-intrusive affordability checks.

The UK Gambling Commission will be given considerably more power and authority This is expected to have a great impact on the overall situation and ultimately allow the Commission to act effectively and efficiently.

Gambling in the UK at an all-time high

According to a recently conducted research, it has been determined that the number of gamblers in the UK has risen to an unprecedented level. The survey had 4,018 participants, aged 16 and over, who were asked if they had participated in online gambling in the previous 4 weeks. The result showed that 25.7% said yes, which is higher than the 23.8% in the previous year, and the 18.5% in the previous 5 years.

Statistically, it showed that one in 4 people in the UK participates in some form of gambling. Sports gambling was on top of that list, specifically football.

Sponsorship on football kits will not be banned 

Many proposals were also made in regards to banning gambling logos and sponsorships on football kits. It was believed that seeing these logos on football shirts was a gambling incentive.

However, it seems that the government will implement a voluntary approach to this issue, which will allow football teams to decide what logos to include on their shirts.

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