Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014

The UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (text) makes provision about the licensing and advertising of gambling.

On 9 May 2013 the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill was introduced to Parliament to bring about important changes to how gambling is regulated in Great Britain. The Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and is now referred to as the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014.

The Act requires any operator wishing to transact with or advertise to British consumers to obtain an operating licence from the Gambling Commission and is expected to come into force on 01 October 2014.


About the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act


The regulatory changes that will be brought about by this Act will ensure that all remote gambling operators offering services to British consumers will be subject to consistent regulation. In particular any regulatory changes introduced will apply to all those providing online gambling facilities to those in Britain not just the less than 15% currently licensed by us. This consistency will make it easier for a consumer to understand their rights and ensure operators report suspicious activity direct to us, all of which should provide greater transparency to consumers and protection against match fixing. It will also make it easier for advertisers, including those carrying marketing messages to understand whether an operator is permitted to advertise into Great Britain.


Transitional arrangements for operators


Regulatory will ensure a smooth transition for operators to the new regulatory system. Overseas operators currently lawfully providing remote gambling into Britain will continue to be able to do so, providing they apply for the relevant licences at the correct time. An operator qualifying for continuation rights whose application has not been determined by us before the new regime commences will be issued with a continuation licence, allowing it to continue to operate pending the final determination of its application.


Supervision and enforcement


The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 is supervised and enforced by the UK's Gambling Commission

Reference

UK/2014/C/17


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