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Together: We are one voice for everyone operating and supporting prize-led fundraising through lotteries and competitions.

It has recently come to the attention of the Gambling Commission that the message regarding a specific email address for operators to use for queries has not been made clear on their website, with many licensees still using the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.  Enquiries through this address have a response target of ten working days.

Licensing colleagues have informed the council that the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has a much shorter response target of three working days.  Although operators may have the direct email address of their account manager, if that person is away from the office or sick then their query may not be picked up straight away.  It is therefore easier if the query is directed to the Licensing inbox as these are checked constantly by numerous Licensing Officers and directed to the most appropriate person.

The Gambling Commission’s response to the crime review consultation is now published and available here.

The legislative Reform Order (LRO) changing some of the requirements for exempt lotteries came into force on the 6th April 2016.

The Gambling Commission have issued a press release regarding the changes and have also published an e-bulletin article which is available here.

Gambling Commission Executive level changes help put consumers at heart of regulation Changes have been made to the portfolios and accountabilities of senior management in the Gambling Commission. These are shown in a new organisational chart – ‘Who’s who at the Gambling Commission’.

The key changes are designed to:

  • give greater emphasis to the role that the Gambling Commission plays to promote and protect consumers’ interests in both commercial gambling markets and the National Lottery
  • ensure sufficient focus on analysis and evidence. The Gambling Commission is an evidence-led regulator. We produce regular public data on industry trends and consumer participation. This helps shape policy on gambling in Britain, as well as informing regulatory decisions
  • look to market, technology and consumer developments, for example the increasingly digital and mobile-led dimension to the National Lottery and commercial gambling, and take account of these changes in future regulatory approaches.
  • maintain a strong focus on effective engagement with industry sectors; on shared regulation with local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales, and, in an international gambling market, on partnerships with regulators in other jurisdictions.
  • build on the Commission’s expertise, its ways of working and communications to ensure regulation is effective and efficient for the future.

The changes in portfolios take effect from 1 April 2016.

In April, the Commission will also publish its business and financial plan for 2016/17. This will set out the key programmes, projects and deliverables for the coming year.

Later in the financial year, a process will begin to develop a new forward strategy for the Gambling Commission.

A copy of the NCA SAR Annual Report can be found here;

This contains some useful insights including: -

  • an increase in SAR reporting within the casino and betting sectors
  • reference to administrative closure of consent SARs when insufficient information is provided
  • an overview of the Review of the SAR regime
  • a range of contextual statistics
  • a helpful summary of the nature of the SAR regime – at Annex A

Specific information on lotteries can be found on page 26 of the report

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