On 27 April 2023, the UK Government published its long awaited White Paper on reform of the UK's Gambling laws. The White Paper introduces a number of proposed reforms, including:
- Affordability checks for customers losing £1,000 within 24 hours, or £2,000 within 90 days;
- Stake limits for online slots, which will broadly align with those already in place for land based operators;
- Greater sharing of gambling data amongst operators (subject to restrictions on the commercial use of such data and to the outcome of certain ongoing trials);
- Improved customer choice on marketing and deposit limits;
- A review of the Gambling Commission's fees, and to provide it with increased powers;
- A statutory levy on operators, to fund treatment of gambling related harms;
- The creation of a Gambling Ombudsman to consider complaints from customers, including where they suffer losses due to operators’ social responsibility failure;
- Beginning the review of the Horserace Betting Levy to ensure the appropriate level of funding for horse racing is maintained.
Publication of the paper is likely to be met with much debate over the coming weeks as operators, campaign groups, industry stakeholders and gamblers all digest the potential impact of the reforms on specific sectors of the industry across the UK and beyond.