DCMS delays implementation of new UK Gambling Act

DCMS delays implementation of new UK Gambling Act

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Totally Gaming

The proposed implementation date for the UK’s new Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act has been postponed by one month to November 1 to give the High Court more time to rule on the legality of the new regime.

Last month, the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association filed a legal challenge against the new regulations and the guidance and policies of the UK Gambling Commission.

A spokesperson for the Gambling Commission told TotallyGaming.com: “Due to a High Court challenge to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014, the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will be taking the necessary steps to postpone this legislation coming into force until November 1, 2014.

“This will allow a judgement to be made without undue time pressure.”

A DCMS spokesperson added to TotallyGaming.com: “We remain fully confident of our case, and of the significant benefits to consumer protection that the Act will bring.

“However to allow the Judge to reach his judgement without undue time pressure we will be taking the necessary steps to postpone the Act coming into force for one month.”

In submitting its challenge last month, the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association claimed that the new Act is “unlawful, because it is an illegitimate, disproportionate and discriminatory interference with the right to free movement of services... and is irrational”.

At this stage it is unclear at this stage whether the Gambling Commission will reopen its application process for companies that wish to qualify for continuation rights regarding a UK remote gambling licence.

The watchdog received applications from 161 companies by the original deadline of midnight on September 16.

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