The Gambling Commission recently published its long-awaited Raising standards for consumers: Enforcement report 2017-2018. The report, which is the first of its kind, focused on the Commission’s enforcement work under the Gambling Act 2005 over the past year. Licensees were warned that if they failed to adhere to Commission guidance they could expect enforcement action “more swiftly and with greater penalty”.
The last year has seen the Commission become noticeably tougher, handing out penalty packages totalling more than £18 million making non-compliance expensive. Penalty packages are almost always backed up with costly remedial programmes, include public shaming through public statements and require reporting in other jurisdictions. The reverberation is, therefore, far-reaching.