Social Responsibility

Betfred to donate all day-1 Cheltenham OTC profits to children’s brain scanner appeal

Bookmaker Betfred has stepped up to help fund the Royal Manchester Hospital £4 million appeal seeking to purchase vital equipment for children facing life-threatening conditions. Today, Betfred founder Fred Done has declared that the bookmaker will donate all over-the-counter (OTC) profits made at the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2019 (12-15 March), to Royal Manchester’s ‘iMRI Appeal’. The appeal, which …

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RSPH – New Gambling Health Alliance will support Watson’s tougher code

Labour Deputy leader Tom Watson’s call for a tougher regulatory code on online gambling services/practices has received the backing of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH). In 2019, the RSPH is set to launch its ‘Gambling Health Alliance’, developed in partnership with industry charity GambleAware, as UK-wide gambling policy advisors push for problem-gambling to be treated as a public …

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DCMS confirms Boggis & Palmour as National Lottery Community Fund board members

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has confirmed the appointments of civil service and fundraising veterans Emma Boggis and Danielle Palmour as Board members of the ‘National Lottery Community Fund’. The Community Fund, which is commonly known as the ‘Big Lottery Fund’, acts as an independent public body responsible for distributing money raised by National Lottery …

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APBGG: Industry cannot afford complacency on underage gambling

Industry figureheads and wider health and education stakeholders addressed the issue of whether children are really gambling – at the latest meeting of the ‘Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group’ (APBGG – 26 February 2019). The subject matter which has become a prominent issue for the UK gambling industry was discussed by –  David Williams, Director of Public Affairs …

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Senet Group calls for ‘targeted interventions’ to combat problem-gambling

UK responsible gambling body Senet Group believes that more needs to be done to actively reduce gambling-related harm through targeted intervention as discussed in its independent research report which aims at examining gambling behaviours in the wider context of personal control. The report, entitled ‘In Control: How to support safer gambling using a behaviour change approach’, sets out the criteria required for a behaviour …

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The FA partners with PayPal to tackle grassroot fees

The Football Association (FA) enters an official payments partnership with PayPal that plans to transform how players pay their fees at grassroots level. By pushing payments through ‘The FA Matchday App’, the collaboration hopes to enable grassroots footballers to pay their match fees with their smartphones – bringing in possibly millions of extra pounds for grassroots clubs every season. Problems …

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RGA warns Watson over online slots stake and prize restrictions

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has warned Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson that his party’s recommendations to introduce curbs on stake, spend and game speed for online gambling could send players to illegal offshore sites. Watson will today make a call for a new Gambling Act with the introduction of a new ‘Category E‘ designation to sit alongside the Categories …

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Labour wants greater curbs for online gambling in a new Gambling Act

Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson is to call for greater restrictions on online gambling in order to align the sector more closely with land-based gambling rules. At an IPPR policy seminar later today, Watson will call for the introduction of limits to spend, to stake and to speed in online gambling and the introduction of a new ‘E Category’ …

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GamCare looks to invest in computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

National problem gambling support charity, GamCare, has released an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the provision of computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) software, tailored to those requiring the support services offered by GamCare. The charity’s face-to-face, online and telephone treatment services, which come in addition to the National Gambling HelpLine and NetLine, are largely focused upon CBT practices. The new software …

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Mims Davies signals end of Under-18s gambling

Mims Davies, UK Minister for Sports & Civil Society (DCMS), has detailed that the National Lottery will have to make adjustments, as the government continues to push for higher standards across all UK gambling disciplines. Speaking to the Commons ‘House Magazine’, Davies has stated that she seeks to terminate all current forms of under-18s wagering/betting. The Minister for Sports seeks …

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