UK government reviewing the Gambling Act

Until it has completed its current review of the Gambling Act (see previous InfoPowa report) the UK government will not accept any further applications for inclusion in its advertising white list, which enables offshore online gambling companies to advertise in the United Kingdom media.

It is understood that the hold on new applications is a consequence of complaints from UK licensed gambling companies that offshore rivals have tax and other advantages over them, and that the competitive UK gambling field needs to be levelled.

The review will take a comprehensive look at the policies of other EU governments on gambling; UK betting and VAT taxation in relation to the taxes that offshore companies pay; the ability of offshore companies to market for UK players on UK soil and claimed inequities such as the Board Levy in horseracing (see earlier InfoPowa report).

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport is spearheading the project, and will seek to complete the study by the close of 2009.

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