Insights Department for Culture, Media and Sport publishes Call for evidence: Review of Gaming machines and Social Responsibility Measures.

The DCMS has announced it is reviewing these areas with the aim of “striking the right balance” between enabling socially responsible growth across the industry and the protection of consumers and communities, including those who are just about managing.

Through this call for evidence, the Government is seeking views on the following areas:

  • maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005;
  • allocations of gaming machines permitted in all licensed premises under the Gambling Act 2005; and
  • for the industry as a whole, including but not limited to gaming machines, social responsibility measures to minimise the risk of gambling related harm. This includes looking at gambling advertising to understand whether the right measures are in place to ensure that the young and vulnerable are protected.

Sarah Harrison, Gambling Commission chief executive, said: “We’re very pleased that the review has been announced and that we have a clear timetable – it offers an excellent opportunity for all those with an interest in gambling to ensure their voices are heard.  I would encourage any interested parties to share their views with government.

“As the regulator of gambling in Britain and committed to keeping gambling fair, safe and crime-free, we will be submitting our advice to Government in line with our statutory duties.

“Our advice, which will be informed by our expert advisors the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, will be made public after it is submitted.  Obviously it would be inappropriate to offer a running commentary as the review progresses”.

The call for evidence runs for six weeks, closing on 4th December 2016, following which the Government will consider proposals.

To access the Call for evidence document, click here.

To read the Commission’s statement, click here.