HomeGambling White Paper: UK Government Timeline

Online protections
Proposed change How it will be delivered Next step Current status
Stake limits: Introduction of a maximum stake on online slots games. Secondary legislation

 

DCMS consultation Summer 2023 – link to consultation here, consultation closed on 4 October 2023. Awaiting Government response.
Marketing and advertising
Proposed change How it will be delivered Next step Current status
Risk information: Improvement in messaging about gambling-related risks. Government policy Government working group to commence Government working group to commence
Football sponsorship: The Premier League will voluntarily end front-of-shirt sponsorships from gambling companies. Premier League policy – the Premier League announced its intention to withdraw front-of-shirt gambling sponsorship on 13 April 2023 Premier League to implement ban Ban to be implemented at the end of the 2025/2026 football season
Gambling Commission’s powers and resources
Proposed change How it will be delivered Next step When next step is expected
Gambling Commission: Review of fees to ensure the Commission has necessary resources for enforcement and to deliver White Paper commitments. Secondary legislation DCMS consultation on reviewing fees 2024
Gambling Commission: Commission to be given new powers against the black market and to replace the system of how fees are changed. Primary/secondary legislation TBC When Parliamentary time allows
Statutory levy: Introduction of a statutory levy paid by operators to the Commission to fund research, education and treatment of gambling harms. Secondary legislation DCMS consultation on design and scope Consultation open here. Closes 14 Dec 2023.
Dispute resolution and consumer redress
Proposed change How it will be delivered Next step When next step is expected
Ombudsman: Introduction of an ombudsman to deal with customer disputes and appropriate redress in the event of operators’ social responsibility failures. Voluntary initially, with legislation if needed Process for appointment to commence Process for appointment to commence in spring/summer 2023 with the intention that the ombudsman is managing complaints within a year
Children and young adults
Proposed change How it will be delivered Next step When next step is expected
Under-18 protection: Work to close gaps to prevent under-18s gambling online, on fruit machines that pay cash and on scratch cards. Secondary legislation, with primary legislation when Parliamentary time allows, plus voluntary action from operators DCMS consultation on secondary legislation on cash pay-out machines Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation. Closed on 4 Oct 2023. Awaiting Government response.
Land-based gambling
Proposed change How it will be delivered Next step When next step is expected
Casinos: Amendments to rules on the number of machines permitted in casinos, and the offering of credit by high-end casinos to particular overseas visitors Primary and secondary legislation DCMS consultation on outstanding issues Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation – closed on 4 Oct 23. Awaiting Government response.
Cashless payments: Development of consultation options for cashless payments on gaming machines, including player protections Secondary legislation and Gambling Commission powers (exact mechanism TBC) Consultation (unspecified) Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation – closed on 4 Oct 23. Awaiting Government response.
Machine ratios: Amending the 80/20 machine rule to 50/50 for an even split of low and medium maximum stake machines Secondary legislation DCMS consultation Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation – closed on 4 Oct 23. Awaiting Government response.
Premises licence fees: Review of fee cap for local authority, plus the alignment of gambling licensing with alcohol licensing when Parliamentary time allows Primary and secondary legislation DCMS consultation Summer 2023 – Link to DCMS consultation – closed on 4 Oct 23
Horseracing: Review of the Horserace Betting Levy to ensure appropriate funding is maintained for horse racing Secondary legislation Stakeholder engagement, evidence gathering and analysis This is due to be reviewed in 2024, and industry stakeholders have called for changes to the levy framework. For more info, see here.