UK betting operators to fund £2 million industry scheme
UK operators licenced by the Gambling Commission (GC) will be required to fund a multi-million self-exclusion scheme according to a draft framework published by the regulator.
The GC estimated the cost of setting up the scheme would “be in the region” of £2m with annual running costs of £1m, and that it expected the industry to foot the bill.
“The costs will need to be funded by the industry in full, being both the cost of the scheme itself and plus any additional running costs to administer it,” the Gambling Commission said. It added that a mechanism would be needed to ensure operators contributed in an equine way.
Funding mechanisms being considered include a establishing a specific levy, an annual licence fee, or some form of direct funding scheme.
The regulator had announced its intention last May to devise a scheme whereby customers could exclude themselves from all British licensed operators through one site. The scheme is expected to be available by 2017.
The GC said it will now seek views on a scheme which has been formed by a working group led by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA). This has included help from bet365, Betfair, Paddy Power, Sky Betting and Gaming, William Hill and Coral.
The Central Hub for Online Operator Self Exclusion, known as CHOOSE, will offer customers the option to self-exclude from all licensed sites for a minimum of six months.
The group believes that it would be more beneficial to costs and performance if larger operators were to integrate the CHOOSE platform and database into its own systems. Smaller operators could just access CHOOSE at each customer log-in.