The rift between the UK Gambling Commission and the All-Party Parliamentary Group is increasing every day now. The Gambling Related Harm – All-Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) released its interim report on Monday. The report said that the UK Gambling Commission isn’t fit for the purpose. In continuation, it added that the inaction of the commission has ensured that the operators are preying on the vulnerable gamblers. The report pointed out that the commission has failed to change the rule for online stakes and prizes.
Well, this hasn’t gone too well with the UK Gambling Commission. The Commission rejected the claim and pointed to one of the speeches given by CEO Neil McArthur. McArthur was heard saying the consideration of a detailed plan for the online stakes, VIPs, ad tech, safer product design and single customer view among other points.
The UK Gambling Commission wasn’t anything less than furious on the MPs who published the interim report. The commission claimed that the report has been in place since the start of this year. The APPG even ensured that the response and evidence would be collected from the regulator before the report is published. However, that was clearly not the case. In the statement released, the UK Gambling Commission has expressed disappointment over APPG releasing an interim report without giving the regulator a chance to provide evidence.
Neil McArthur said in the speech which was mentioned by the regulator that the UK Gambling Commission would gather data on online play and the online stakes. He even acknowledged the potential harm that customer can face and thus spoke about gathering account-based play data to protect them. He insisted that reducing the online stake is one of the measures that the regulator is considering among others to protect the customers in the same speech.
The UK Gambling Commission came hard at the interim report and provided a detail description of the work the regulator body does to reject the claim of the APPG.
The Regulator said that protecting the children and the vulnerable is the core of their job and the report has not mentioned any steps are taken or progress made on many of the concerned areas.
The UK Gambling Commission further provided data on its action of tough policy enforcement. The regulatory body said that 123 operators were comprehensively reviewed and 45 online operators have been asked to submit an action plan to raise the standard of the industry. The regulator claimed that 14 online operators faced the wrath of tough sanctions as well.
The Regulator also pointed out that they are considering the use of credit cards for online gambling which has been asked to be banned in the interim report.
The regulator also published the National Strategy for Reducing Gambling Harms. This ensured that the prevention, education and treatment support were outlined. The regulator is also working towards safer product design, which is also needed of the hour. The VIP Inducements in Gambling and Advertisement Technology are also under the radar of the UK Gambling Commission.
The APPG has not provided any reason to publish the interim report before the discussions with the UK Gambling Commission.