The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has suspended the operating licence of Lottery England Limited, an external lottery manager, effective immediately.
The Commission stated that it has instigated a review under s116 of the Gambling Act 2005 into Lottery England Limited following ‘concerns that activities may have been carried out contrary to the Act, not in accordance with conditions of their licence’.
As a result, the UKGC noted that the business ‘may be unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities’.
Before this suspension, Lottery England Limited had held a non-remote external lottery manager licence since December 2014, which allows it to manage lotteries and provide lottery services for charities and local authorities.
Back in April, the UKGC outlined its new three-year corporate strategy which aims to continue to protect the public and players from harm, as well as its 2021 to 2022 business plan.
The new strategy will be delivered through five priority areas; protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling, a fairer market and more informed consumers, keeping crime out of gambling, optimising returns to good causes from the National Lottery, and improving gambling regulation.