Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

Entain requests rent cuts to assist retail bookmakers

Entain has written to landlords requesting rent cuts ahead of the reopening of the UK’s retail betting sector, which has faced significant financial constraints over the past year. The group currently operates over 3,000 licenced betting shops in over 30 different countries, but the request has only been extended to landlords with leases due to expire within the next two …

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YGAM enters educational alliance focused on ethnic minority groups

YGAM has entered a new alliance with Red Card and TalkGen, focused around safeguarding young people from ethnic minority backgrounds from gambling related harm. In collaboration with Clearview Research, the ‘Preventing Gambling Harms in Diverse Communities’ educational initiative aims to deliver workshops to young people aged 14-24 from ethnic minority groups in Greater London and the Home Counties, as well …

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UKGC warned over Football Index ‘pyramid scheme’ in January 2020

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) allegedly received a warning regarding betting exchange Football Index in January 2020, describing the website as a ‘dangerous pyramid scheme’. According to The Guardian, a document was sent to the UKGC, notably highlighted issues surrounding Football Index’s dividends, which it argued resembled the activities of a pyramid scheme. The report estimated that in January 2020, …

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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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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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