Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council

Grand National maintains dates against betting’s reopening interests 

The Jockey Club has confirmed that the Randox Grand National will maintain its schedule of 8-10 April despite the UK betting sector’s appeal for a change of dates to support the reopening of England’s betting shops on 12 April. Led by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), UK operators had urged the Jockey Club – owner of Aintree Racecourse – …

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GamCare and YGAM exceed first year educational targets

Prominent responsible gambling charities YGAM and GamCare have exceeded the first year targets for the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme. The joint initiative – supported by the Betting and Gaming Council – has been launched in all regions of England and Wales and has expanded education and support services for young people in Northern Ireland, whilst both organisations work …

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BGC praises results of COVID action plan 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Since the launch of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) ‘COVID action plan’, the industry’s unified trade body states that the number of safer gambling messages displayed on gambling sites ‘has more than doubled in just six months’. The 10-pledge plan was initially unveiled at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March and set out the new standards …

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BGC urges government to allow betting shops to reopen in Tier 3

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Casinos and betting shops across England have offered to voluntarily introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions in order to be allowed to reopen in Tier Three areas once the current lockdown ends. Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), made a ‘direct plea’ to Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Matt Hancock, stating that venues ‘will go even further’ to …

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ASA ‘underage sweep’ sees marked improvement in gambling advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has revealed a drastic improvement in gambling-related adverts being restricted to underage audiences after the watchdog published the results of its ‘second online marketing sweep’. Continuing its year-long project, the ASA noted that inappropriately placed online betting and gambling adverts had ‘reduced significantly, from 70 ads in the first sweep to 5 ads in the …

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BGC: Safer gambling values are important ‘all year round’

BGC: Safer gambling values are important ‘all year round’

As the industry marks the beginning of Safer Gambling Week, Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has reaffirmed his belief that the betting sector is committed to promoting social responsibility ‘not for one week but all year around’. The event, which is now in its fourth year, is integral in kick starting the national conversation on …

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Scottish restrictions ‘a huge blow’ for casinos says BGC

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at the new restrictions imposed by the Scottish government, warning that the measures ‘will come as a huge blow to casinos’. The new temporary measures, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday, came into force at 18:00 last night, and will run until Friday 25 October.  Casinos and bingo halls, in …

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Casinos demand hospitality rescue package as Sunak’s measures fall short

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) believes that Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the HM Treasury must form an emergency rescue package to save thousands of jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector which are currently under threat due to the government’s new COVID-19 public restrictions. The BGC made its statement following Chancellor Sunak’s address to the House of Commons, in …

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Lord Foster takes charge of ‘Peers for Gambling Reform’ group

A group of peers within the House of Lords will undertake a review of gambling industry safeguards, duties and customer protections, seeking to inform the government about urgent changes to gambling regulation. ‘Peers for Gambling Reform’ (PGR) will be Chaired by Lord Foster of Bath (Liberal Democrat). Vice Chairs of the Group will include Lord Smith of Hindhead (Conservative), Baroness …

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EPIC Risk Management: GambleAware funding needs a balanced approach

Earlier this year, five of the biggest operators in the UK, along with members of the Betting and Gaming Council, confirmed that they will provide £100m worth of funding to improve treatment services via GambleAware. However there are still questions regarding the best way to spend the money to ensure that it can sustain the industry and provide the ultimate …

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