DCMS launches consultation on changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures
The Government commenced in October 2016 a review of gaming
machines and social responsibility measures applied to protect players
and communities from gambling related harm. The review sought evidence-based proposals on:
- Maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005;
- Allocation of gaming machines permitted in all licensed premises under the Gambling Act 2005; and
- Social responsibility measures for the industry as a whole to
minimise the risk of gambling-related harm,
- including on gambling
advertising, online gambling, gaming machines and research, education
Responses were received with comments from
stakeholders, Local Authorities, charities and members of the public.
Published responses can be found here.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) stated
that the aim of the review was to ensure that legislation:
right balance between a sector that can grow and contribute to the
economy, while also ensuring it is socially responsible and doing all it
should to protect consumers and communities, including those who are
just about managing’.
Following the call for evidence, the DCMS has today published its long awaited consultation on its proposals which include:
Regulatory changes to the maximum stake
permitted on category B2
gaming machines (FOBTs), considering options between £50 and £2, in
order to reduce the potential for large session losses and potentially
harmful impacts on players and their wider communities:
Retention of the current regulatory environment for the remaining
stakes and prizes
, permitted numbers and allocations across other
categories of gaming machines (B1, B3, B3A, B4, C and D): and
Social responsibility measures across gaming machines
high rates of loss, player protections in the online sector, and a
package of measures on gambling advertising and on current arrangements
for the delivery of research, education and treatment.
The consultation period runs for 12 weeks from 31 October 2017 until the 23 January 2018.
The complete consultation can be found here.
Responses should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org