The All Party Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has today published its findings following an investigation into the competency and effectiveness of the Gambling Commission.
The APBGG announced their intention to investigate back in Autumn 2021 through inviting industry operators and members for their comments and experiences of dealing with the Commission.
The report pulls together the results of the inquiry, with the APBGG stating they believe the Commission has become “imbibed with an overtly anti-gambling ideology” and “has turned into what appears to be an industry-funded anti-gambling activist group.”
The report, which demands a “significant change in the Gambling Commission’s culture, strategy and practices,” provides the opinion that the regulator has “gone rogue” in its duties and is failing to understand the industry it serves.
Scott Benton MP, Co-Chair of the APBGG, commented: “I am truly shocked to reveal so much evidence of bad practice by the Gambling Commission over the years. We have been hearing stories for years, but to see it in black and white is pretty stark.
“To think that members of our gambling industry, one of the most reputable in the world, who pay the Commission’s wages, have had to suffer such poor service from their regulator is of the utmost concern. Especially as it acts like it is an anti-gambling group, whose sole purpose is to destroy the industry.”
A copy of the report can be requested directly from the APPBGG’s website on the below link.