Tag Archives: All Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG)

Gambling Act Review: VIP schemes reportedly face ban

Sports betting operators’ VIP schemes have been reportedly targeted by government Ministers, according to the Daily Mail, as a new outcome of the overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act. Citing government sources, the Mail detailed that the practice has been reportedly described as ‘immoral’ by gambling law reform advocating Ministers, who have argued that VIP schemes encourage problem gambling. Under …

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Whittingdale backs DCMS’ evidence-led approach against APPG criticism

John Whittingdale MP, the DCMS Minister overseeing the 2005 Gambling Act review, has responded to a letter from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) calling on the government to ‘act in an informed way’ on gambling advertising. Sent on 5 July, the letter concerned a parliamentary discussion held on 25 May, during which Whittingdale responded to …

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Big Step makes Scottish football debut with Edinburgh City partnership

Edinburgh City FC has become the latest football club, and the first in Scotland, to partner with Gambling with Lives’ Big Step initiative. A grassroots project, the Big Step’s primary aim is to ‘kick gambling ads out of football’, and has the backing of several MPs including the Labour Party’s Carolyn Harris, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on …

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Begbies Traynor initiates BetIndex customer hearings

Begbies Traynor, the insolvency practitioners for BetIndex, initiated the process of allocating funds to former Football Index customers at a hearing in the Royal Court of Jersey today. The company was initially appointed as BetIndex’s insolvency practitioner in late March following the initial collapse of Football Index and began processing customer claims against the company in April. In a statement …

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UK Ministers to launch Football Index probe

UK government Ministers are reportedly planning to launch an investigation into the collapse of ‘football player trading exchange’ Football Index. The Times reported that legislators are ‘deeply concerned’ by the collapse of the operator, after users lost over £100 million following its crash into insolvency. “This case further reinforces the need for our comprehensive review of gambling laws,” a government …

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Premier League clubs to discuss their betting sponsorship futures

Premier League football clubs will examine and discuss the future of betting sponsorships at a meeting scheduled for this Thursday. Sky News has this morning reported that EPL leaders will receive an ‘update on findings around shirt sponsorships and gambling addiction’. Football’s relationship with betting operators has become a prominent concern of the government’s ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling …

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Gambling Commission criticises black market claims

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has criticised claims from some betting operators of a thriving UK gambling black market, ahead of the upcoming review of the 2005 Gambling Act. According to a report earlier this month by data and analytics firm PwC, nearly 9 to10% of all gambling related searches online were for black market sites, and unregulated operators accounted …

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Cross-party MPs call for gambling overhaul in new report

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) has called for a blanket ban on gambling advertisements as well as an overhaul of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) as part of its final report into online gambling harms. Following a year-long inquiry, the 50-strong group of MPs – which has emphasised it is ‘not anti-gambling or prohibitionist’ …

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