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Proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees Published Date: 02/02/2021

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation on the funding of the Gambling Commission. The consultation, which is based on recommendations from the Gambling Commission to Government, seeks views on proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees. It proposes an uplift to enable the Commission to continue to recover its costs and respond to new challenges.

In brief, the Commission:

  • aims to allocate its forecast costs to the different gambling sectors, individual licence types and fee categories in a way that ensures that fees are cost reflective and fair
  • proposing increases to non-remote fees to reflect increasing costs of maintaining current activity levels and challenges that are relevant for the non-remote sector, such as product and payment innovation
  • leaving annual licence renewal fees for existing non-remote operators unchanged in 2021/22, with uplifts only coming into force in April 2022
  • simplify the fee structure by removing the discounts on annual fees available for licensees who hold licences for multiple types of gambling activity (combined or multiple licences)
  • add additional fee categories for society lottery licences, with new higher fee bands for larger societies whose annual proceeds grow in excess of £10m, following the increase in the per calendar year proceeds limit from £10m to £50m

Read the consultation.