Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

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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BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Following the publication of a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) report into gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has pledged to “keep up the momentum” in its quest to raise standards across the industry.  Data from the UKGC showed that problem gambling rates across the UK had dropped from 0.6% to 0.3% over 2020, however …

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Black market betting websites in Australia targeted by ACMA

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) intends to request that Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the country remove 18 offshore black market betting websites. An official statement by the ACMA revealed that 222 illegal gambling operators have been removed from the web in Australia since its first blocking request was made in November 2012. The websites removed were Syndicate …

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BGC sets out new rules on football clubs’ gambling social media posts

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has introduced new rules aimed at preventing football clubs from promoting gambling offers and operator websites through official social media accounts. Last week, a handful of Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Scottish Premiership clubs received a letter from a group of ‘50 former gambling addicts’ warning of the risks of advertising betting …

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Flutter’s Ian Proctor outlines affordability approach

Ian Proctor, Chairman of Flutter Entertainment, the bookmaking holding company behind Paddy Power and Betfair, has released a statement concerning the ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. In the statement, Proctor acknowledged that: “Gambling has gone through a technical transformation over the last 15 years, and the rules have not kept pace.” The main focus of Proctor’s statement concerned …

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Affordability checks could have ‘devastating impact on sport’ says MP

Affordability checks could have ‘devastating impact on sport’ says MP

Conservative MP Laurence Robertson has expressed concern to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) about the potential ‘devastating impact’ of enhanced affordability checks on UK racing. The new affordability checks are currently being discussed in a consultation which will close tonight [9 February]. If introduced, the new regulations could enforce affordability checks once a customer has experienced a net monthly loss …

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