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BGC changes chair as Simmonds steps away from UK gambling 

SBC News BGC changes chair as Simmonds steps away from UK gambling 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has confirmed that Brigid Simmonds (OBE) will step down as Chair of the industry trade and standards body for UK gambling.  The former Chief Executive of The Pub Association, Simmonds was appointed the BGC’s inaugural Chair in 2019, tasked with representing a “united betting and gaming industry” ahead of the Gambling Review being initiated …

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Rank Group: Improvements to UK casinos “cannot come a moment too soon”

SBC News Rank Group: Improvements to UK casinos "cannot come a moment too soon"

More reform is now needed within the UK casino industry, according to David Williams, Director of Public Affairs at Rank Group. Highlighting that several improvements “cannot come a moment too soon” in a blog post on the Betting & Gaming Council’s (BGC) website, Williams added that while the changes are needed quickly, casinos in the UK are not blessed with …

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UK gambling adopts new IGRG Code to enhance protections on digital platforms

SBC News UK gambling adopts new IGRG Code to enhance protections on digital platforms

The members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) have adopted the new rules and guidelines of the “Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising” – IGRG Code. BGC members settled on the new standards of the seventh incarnation of the IGRG Code in September, with its practices to come into effect from 1 December 2023. Established in 2007 by …

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BGC: Simplified tax measure will become a Trojan horse for UK gambling  

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum. Michael Dugher.

The Treasury has been warned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) not to impose a simplified measure on UK gambling taxes, branded as a ‘Trojan horse’ for the industry and its diverse stakeholders. Last week’s Autumn Statement saw Chancellor Jeremy Hunt confirm that the Treasury would consult on proposals to bring remote betting into a single tax framework, replacing …

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SGWeek 2023 nets record coverage promoting safer gambling tools

SBC News SGWeek 2023 nets record coverage promoting safer gambling tools

The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has reported a significant increase in the reach and coverage of Safer Gambling Week (#SGWeek), noting a 70% rise in promotional activities compared to the previous year. The surge resulted in over 50 million interactions on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and another unnamed platform. In its seventh iteration, Safer Gambling Week, held …

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Brigid Simmonds: Levy consultation must protect vital RET contribution third sector parties.

SBC News Brigid Simmonds: Levy consultation must protect vital RET contribution third sector parties.

Brigid Simmonds (OBE), Chair of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has urged the government to guarantee the funding of third sector organisations in its consultation of a mandatory levy on problem gambling harms. Announced yesterday by DCMS, an eight-week consultation has been launched to gather stakeholder insights on the structure, management and oversight of a fixed levy collecting funds …

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Tim Miller: Evidence leads UKGC on Gambling Review’s most contentious issues 

SBC News Tim Miller: Evidence leads UKGC on Gambling Review’s most contentious issues 

Addressing the ‘Regulating the Game Conference’ (25 September 2023), Tim Miller, Executive Director of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has shed detailed insights on the regulator’s progress towards settling the most contentious issues of the UK Gambling Review.  The Commission’s Executive Director for policy development addressed an international audience providing in-depth context on the UK government’s generational review of laws …

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Rhodes tells Dame Dinenage of ‘specific concerns’ on misuse of statistics

SBC News Rhodes tells Dame Dinenage of ‘specific concerns’ on misuse of statistics

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published further specific details on concerns related to the “misuse of statistics”  as relayed by CEO Andrew Rhodes to Dame Caroline Dinenage, the Chair, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 29 August. Micheal Dugher (CEO, Betting and Gaming Council – BGC), Wes Himes (Executive Director for Standards and Innovation, BGC) and Will Prochaska …

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ICO backs data-sharing projects for UK gambling

SBC News ICO backs data-sharing projects for UK gambling

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has outlined its support for the financial sector to deepen its data collaboration with UK licensed gambling operators. The UK’s independent body on data rights, privacy and protections has responded to a query by UK Finance, the trade body for UK financial services, in which it asserted that data laws should not stop gambling firms …

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