Northern Ireland is set to undergo the “first significant changes” to its gambling laws in over 35 years, including the establishment of a mandatory code of practice for operators.
Currently, gambling in Northern Ireland is regulated under the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements Order, which dates back to 1985, but Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said new legislation will be introduced in the coming weeks. A further update – dealing with online gambling, among other topics – will then follow in the longer term.
“Gambling legislation has remained largely unchanged since it was enacted thirty-five years ago,” said Hargey.
“As a result, gambling regulation here has not kept pace with industry and technological changes. In my view change is long overdue.”
Hargey listed some aspects of the upcoming legislation, including a “mandatory code of practice” for those holding gambling licenses and allowing gambling contracts to be enforceable by law..
Further proposed changes include..