Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

DCMS urged to take immediate action on Football Index collapse

MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) have directed further criticism at the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) regarding the collapse of betting exchange Football Index. Writing a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group of legislators described the demise of the operator and the losses its customers suffered as a ‘scandal,’ and have cited …

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Horse racing excluded from government’s spectator return schedule

Horse racing will not feature in the government’s schedule of 12 sporting events which will see the large scale return of spectators to venues. Crowds are due to return to horse racing on 17 May, during the third stage of the government’s planned schedule, which will begin on 15 May with the FA Cup final the debut event. Although the …

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BGC claims SMF economic report uses ‘fantasy figures’ on spend substitution

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

A report suggesting that the economy would be better off if fewer people spent money on gambling has been given the short shrift by the Betting and Gaming Council as the battle for parliamentary hearts and minds intensifies ahead of the review of the UK’s gambling laws. The report – entitled ‘Double or nothing? Assessing the economic impact of gambling‘ …

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YGAM claims four national awards for education programmes

The Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has been recognised for its national education campaigns on gambling-related harm with four awards. Of particular significance was YGAM’s Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, which provided training and resources to teachers and youth workers, delivered in collaboration with GamCare and with support from the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). The charity …

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BGC poll reveals public opposition to bet limits

An opinion poll commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has uncovered public opposition to government-mandated betting limits. The poll, conducted by YouGov, surveyed 1,683 adults from across the UK, finding that 51% were in opposition to the establishment of arbitrary bet limits by politicians, with 27% in favour. A second question also revealed that 59% of respondents agreed …

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BGC praises relief focused Budget

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has joined wider leisure and hospitality trade bodies in welcoming Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s COVID business support and economic measures.  This lunchtime’s Budget announcement saw the government extend its much-needed rates relief on highstreet retail and hospitality venues – a decision welcomed by the BGC on behalf of England’s betting shops. Also positively received was …

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Casumo strengthens responsible gaming capacity via beBettor partnership

Online casino operator Casumo has enhanced its responsible gaming framework via a multi-year partnership with technology and data science company beBettor. By integrating beBettor’s Affordability API into its platform, Casumo will be better equipped to gauge the initial affordability of its UK customers and construct automated decisioning for personalised interactions with players. In addition, beBettor will also provide Casumo with …

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John Whittingdale to oversee Gambling Act review

John Whittingdale to oversee Gambling Act review

John Whittingdale, Conservative MP for Maldon and Minister for Media and Data, will take charge of the 2005 Gambling Act review.  Taking over responsibility from Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, Whittingdale’s appointment has raised concerns among campaigners for gambling reform, with some citing the MP’s previous voting record on issues concerning the gambling industry. Speaking to the Guardian on the appointment, …

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BGC supports £6,000 per outlet ‘recovery grants’ but calls for further action

The UK government has announced that all non-essential services – including betting shops – will receive direct cash payments of £6,000 per site in ‘recovery grants.’ Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, made the announcement ahead of the confirmation of the country’s national Budget this coming Wednesday. As part of the plans, a grant scheme totalling £5 billion will be …

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BGC demands reopening guarantees and no tax rises ahead of crucial budget 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has joined wider UK industries in calling for the HM Treasury to extend business rates relief and help the economy emerge from lockdown.  UK business currently waits for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to present his spring statement on Wednesday 3 March, when he will announce the Budget proposals for 2021, outlining the fiscal measures and …

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