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BGC: Ministers must recognise public good of the Grand National

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on ministers to recognise the importance of the Grand National as a heritage sporting event supporting UK racing and highstreet jobs.  Following three years under lockdown constraints, The Grand National returns to hosting live spectators at Aintree on Saturday 9 April. Its main race is expected to be watched by a global …

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Chris Philp: Ritchie inquiry highlights need for comprehensive gambling reforms 

DCMS undersecretary Chris Philp has responded to questions posed by ministers in relation to the Sheffield Coroner’s verdict that ‘system failures had led to the tragic death of Jack Ritchie’. Questioned at a hearing in the Commons yesterday, initiated by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield (Labour), Philp was probed on how the government intends to reform the gambling sector and …

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Michael Dugher: Gambling deserves a deeper debate than simplistic narratives

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned ministers that gambling’s complex socio dynamics can not be judged on the notion of simplistic rhetoric.  Writing on the Commons news source Politics Home, Dugher outlined stakeholder frustrations at the meandering nature of the debate on gambling reforms, industry duties and protections. His response was submitted as …

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BGC: Progress on safer gambling duties at risk of a black market wipeout

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has reiterated the need to protect UK gambling’s continued progress on safer gambling objectives from growing black market threats. The trade body’s warning follows the publishing of the latest industry statistics by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) –  that saw problem gambling % rates for 2021 register 0.3% lower than the previous 0.6 recorded …

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David Clifton: Thoughts on the APBGG Report on the competence & effectiveness of the UKGC

Back in September last year, the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) launched its investigation into the competence and effectiveness of the Gambling Commission. Bearing in mind that the APBGG investigation followed on from heavy criticisms of the regulator by each of the National Audit Office, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group and the House of …

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BGC: GAMSTOP to lead first trials of Single Customer View project 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced that UK gambling’s headline ‘Single Customer View’ cross-industry data-sharing project will be trialled by GAMSTOP.  The Single Customer View project was assigned by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to BGC members to develop new technical safeguards to protect those most at risk of gambling harms. The trial’s aim is to identify those …

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Michael Dugher: “Gambling reform cannot be hijacked by extremists’ agendas” 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

As the long-awaited publishing of the government’s white paper on gambling reforms looms on the horizon, Michael Dugher Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned MPs to ‘ignore extremists’ trying to influence outcomes. Writing an opinion piece on parliamentary news source PoliticsHome, Dugher reiterated the need for industry reforms to be ‘led by the evidence’, away …

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Steve Birch: Sky Bet’s EFL partnership ‘most significant’ in world of sport

Sky Bet’s long-term partnership with the English Football League (EFL) has been described as one of the ‘most significant’ in the world of professional sports by the group’s CEO Steve Birch. Writing on the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) website, he suggested that the deal,  which was first established in 2013, has mostly revolved around advertising with a specific focus …

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BGC forms Ad Tech Forum for widest input on advertising protections 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Council (BGC) has established a cross-industry ‘Ad Tech Forum’ to provide UK online gambling incumbents with the best technical guidance and oversight for protecting children and vulnerable audiences from gambling harms.  The forum sees the BGC place technology at the forefront of its governance duties, as tech giants Meta, Twitter, Google and Snap will work with BGC members …

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Andrew Rhodes: UKGC will no longer tolerate repeat offenders

Andrew Rhodes, Interim Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has warned industry leadership that his department will no longer tolerate “recidivist behaviours towards compliance” as operators are ordered to maintain their licensing duties. Speaking at GambleAware’s Annual Conference, Rhodes stated that the Commission supported the conference’s key theme of ‘deeper collaboration to prevent gambling harms’. However, stakeholder ambitions …

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