GB licence fees to increase by up to 55% from October

| By Robert Fletcher
The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published its response to an industry consultation into the funding of the British Gambling Commission, approving measures to increase licensing fees for operators and suppliers in Great Britain.

DCMS held a consultation between 29 January and 26 March this year, on proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees which were put forward in order to allow the regulator to more effectively address regulatory challenges.

In its consultation document, DCMS argued that the Commission faced three major challenges. These are increased technological developments, the fact the operators the Commission regulates are typically very large global businesses, and the threat of black market unlicensed operators.

The consultation proposed an uplift in licensing fees, including an increase of 55% to annual remote operating license fees from 1 October 2021.

All new licence applications will face an increased cost of 60% under the proposal, while further steps to simplify the fees system such as a removal of the annual fee discount for combined land-based and online licences, were also proposed.

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