Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council

UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has this morning revealed its new industry measures preventing under-18 audiences from viewing gambling adverts through online media verticals. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. The new measures will form part of the BGC’s newly published ‘Sixth Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising’ which …

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BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has demanded that the government extend its furlough scheme for casino employees, mitigating the impact of its decision to postpone the reopening of England’s casino venues this August.   Claiming that the maintained closure of casinos risks the UK ‘permanently losing part of its rich tourism and entertainment heritage’, the BGC pointed out that the …

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Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk 

Will Mace, former Director of Innovation for Kindred Group Plc, has launched EQ Connect – a tailored behavioural analytics platform which will help operators and industry stakeholders to identify ‘at-risk vulnerable customers’ and strengthen all components related to safer gambling.  Mace debuts EQ Connect, as the online gambling industry is pressured by the UKGC and further government agencies to foster …

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Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling

Cross-party think-tank The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has called for further ‘protective regulation’ of wagering limits to be rolled out, advising regulators that gamblers should be limited to betting ‘£100 each month until they pass more stringent checks‘. Reported by the Financial Times, the think tank claims that it is ‘inevitable that gamblers will sometimes spend more than they can …

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Boris Johnson delays reopening of casinos in England

Casinos in England are facing further delays in reopening their doors after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that the government will ‘squeeze that brake pedal’ in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. A number of venues, including casinos, were due to reopen on 1 August as the country began to ease restrictions. However, following a spike in cases across Greater …

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England’s casinos to reopen on 1 August

The government has this morning confirmed that casinos in England will be allowed to reopen on 1 August, adhering to strict rules on social distancing and public safety. Casinos in Wales and Scotland will have to wait for their own reopening dates to be confirmed. In a move that has been highly praised by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which has …

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BGC: Treasury must face economic realities and allow casinos to reopen  

As UK businesses wait for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to issue his ‘summer statement’ tomorrow, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has continued to pressure the government to reopen casinos this July. Branded as a ‘critical mini-budget’, Sunak’s statement will underline vital business grants, industry subsidies and workforce schemes to help boost the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19’s aftershocks. Writing to …

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Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’

The UK Gambling Commission has come in for extreme criticism from a group of MPs reporting on how gambling regulation is protecting vulnerable people. The regulator is described as ‘toothless’ and in need of a ‘radical overhaul’. In a report published this morning, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee also branded the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport …

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Scottish bookies urge rethink on ‘crazy’ reopening plans

Scottish bookmakers have slammed Holyrood’s decision to reopen betting shops without chairs or live racing, stating that the ruling is ‘crazy’ and a ‘slap in the face’ for bookies which have most likely been struggling during the lockdown period. Scotland’s 900 betting shops – employing around 4,500 people – have been closed since March as part of the national effort …

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Casinos left in the cold by Boris’ final easing orders

UK Casinos have been excluded from the government’s list of leisure and hospitality venues that will be allowed to reopen for business on 4 July. In the House of Commons this afternoon, Boris Johnson announced  a series of final lockdown easing measures for businesses across England, in which pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen providing they …

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