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DCMS Calls for Changes to British Gambling Legislation

8 December 2020, 15:51
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British Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) initiated reviewing the country's current gambling rules. Several major questions will be under the primary attention and lead to changes to the recent laws. Login Casino follows all the latest news in gambling legislation and explains how far this initiative can go.

DCMS Calls for Changes to British Gambling Legislation

The last significant change in the British gambling legislation occurred in 2005 when the Gambling Act was accepted. One of the primary consequences was the creation of the Gambling Commission (although it appeared two years later) with licensing and regulatory powers.

However, some of the norms like the minimum gambling age to participate in lotteries were taken from the former documents like the National Lottery Regulations 1994. It shows that the recent British gambling legislation isn't perfect and needs adjustments, especially in the current digital world. The call for evidence will be held until April 2021 and will give insight into the industry's current situation and most important issues.

Increase of the minimum age in lotteries participation

One of the most discussed topics in the UK's gambling legislation is the age limits in lotteries. As the rules didn't change since 1994, while lotteries developed significantly, the younger generation's participation in the gambling process became more intensive.

Interestingly, but this issue will be reviewed only partially as the decision to increase the age limit from 16 to 18 has already accepted and must be implemented not later than in September 2021. As the UK National Lottery's current tender process is in its active phase, other applicants are pressing Camelot Group and their controversial support of the active but outdated rules.

Maximum stakes decline and tougher identification

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Another primary subject for reviewing will be the decrease of the maximum bets, especially in the fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT). Even though the decision to decline the maximum bet from £100 by 50 times was accepted in 2018, the issue with maximum stakes still remains. Also, DCMS is focused on reviewing the identification and control system in FOBTs as a part of the overall direction in decreasing underage gambling.

Changing the role of the Gambling Commission

Among the most interesting aspects of the upcoming review will be the look at the Gambling Commission. DCMS assumes that the powers and responsibilities of this organization can be decreased to licensing only. It may be part of the remark that having diverse functions harms the industry. Thus, controlling the industry's advertisement part is a tough task, which will also be reviewed. Decreasing the number of ads and its harmful effect is among the process's priorities, like forbidding the usage of credit cards for gambling to avoid punters' financial troubles.

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