UKGC publishes Compliance and Enforcement Report

Marta Dimitrov | Published 10 Dec 2021, 10:47 a.m.

The UK Gambling Commission is in charge of regulating most types of gambling in Great Britain, including The National Lottery in the UK. They also license the individuals and businesses that offer to gamble and provide them with advice and guidance.

Lastly, we informed that the UK Gambling Commission published an evaluation on the credit card ban. The gambling authority body continues to evaluate its work and this time it publishes a compliance and enforcement report.

The annual Compliance and Enforcement Report is a document featuring the findings of the regulator’s extensive casework against licence holders and detailing where the industry needs to raise standards.

This report is for the financial year 2020/2021 when the Commission suspended five operator licenses, a revocation of a license for one operator and nine personal management license holders.

Fifteen gambling businesses paid £32.1 million for fines, which is a larger number than last year.

Operators failing to adhere to social responsibility and anti-money laundering rules

The new Chief Executive of the UKGC, Andrew Rhodes said he is impressed by the amount of enforcement work carried out, but it is also disappointing that it should be necessary. He stated that they see the same weaknesses in many cases - operators failing to adhere to social responsibility and anti-money laundering rules.

In the press release of the UKGC, he says that: 

“These regulations are there for two very good reasons – to protect people and ensure that gambling is crime-free. These rules underpin two of the three licensing objectives, without which it would be impossible for us to permit gambling as laid out in the Gambling Act 2005. So, adherence should be at the forefront of every operator’s mind.”

The reason for the failings he sees as concerning, that the operators seem to not make suitable resources available or put commercial objectives before the regulatory ones. That, he continues, is simply unacceptable and will be seen as such by others in the industry who work hard to achieve compliance.

Mr Rhodes also says that the current situation caused 18 difficult months and he understands that the future of many companies was unclear. He says:

“As Great Britain’s regulator for the gambling industry, we still see far too many breaches of regulations where everyone in the industry agrees we should not see them. The industry has the resources, skills and knowledge to change this.”

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