Tag Archives: Chris Philp

Andrew Rhodes: White Paper delay not an excuse to avoid tackling problems

SBC News Andrew Rhodes: White Paper delay not an excuse to avoid tackling problems

The White Paper on the 2005 Gambling Act review has been highly anticipated for some time now, with a government announcement expected earlier this spring. With reports circulating in the press as to the result of the over one-and-a-half year-long process, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes issued an update on progress whilst addressing the Westminster Media Forum Gambling …

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Gamstop recognised with British Data Award for ‘Good Initiative’

SBC News Gamstop recognised with British Data Award for ‘Good Initiative’

Gamstop has been awarded the ‘Data for Good Initiative’ at the 2022 British Data Awards, in recognition of its safer gambling operations.  The national online gambling self-exclusion scheme was recognized with the award due to its usage of data to prevent problem gamblers from continuing to access betting sites.  A total user base of 280,000 adults across the UK currently …

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University of Bristol launches £4m Gambling Harms Research Centre

SBC News University of Bristol launches £4m Gambling Harms Research Centre

The University of Bristol has launched Britain’s ‘first academic research centre’ dedicated to developing ‘multidisciplinary approaches’ examining gambling harm, addiction and social complexities. Launched as The Gambling Harms Research Centre (GHRC), the unit aims to transform research of gambling harms by developing deeper academic resources and evidence-led insights to share learnings with domestic and international stakeholders. The GHRC will operate …

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W2 launches new affordability tool ahead of Gambling Act review expectations

SBC News W2 launches new affordability tool ahead of Gambling Act review expectations

Regulatory compliance services provider W2 has developed an ‘Affordability for Gambling Tool’, designed to have a minimal impact on the customer journey for betting firms.  Addressing an expected requirement for enhanced affordability as a result of the 2005 Gambling Act review, the company states its product has been built to create a ‘clear picture’ without being overly intrusive.  The tool …

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BGC delivers debut Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group workshop

SBC News BGC delivers debut Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group workshop

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has completed the first Training Day for the Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group (GAMLG), in a bid to drive high standards and encourage best practice. Topics of discussion during the day-long session was consideration of key emerging risks, best practice and developments, which the standards body stated was a reflection of ‘the diversity of compliance …

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Chris Philp: Ritchie inquiry highlights need for comprehensive gambling reforms 

SBC News 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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Chris Philp: “Too many cases of operators failing on protection”

SBC News Chris Philp: “Too many cases of operators failing on protection”

In light of recent fines levied against UK betting operators by regulatory authorities, Gambling Minister Chris Philp has argued that reform is “undoubtedly long overdue”. Ahead of the publication of the White Paper on the 2005 Gambling Act review, which the Minister asserted is due ‘very soon’, Philp spoke at the Gambling Reform Rally yesterday, organised by the Gambling Related …

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Former Health and DCMS Minister backs racing industry ahead of gambling review

SBC News Former Health and DCMS Minister backs racing industry ahead of gambling review

Matt Hancock, the former Secretary of State for Health, has outlined his support for the horse racing sector ahead of the Gambling Act review judgement, as reported by the Racing Post.  Expected sometime this spring, the government’s overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act aims to address major changes in the British betting and gaming industry, notably the rise of online …

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Jack Ritchie inquiry to highlight UK Gambling’s system failures 

SBC News Jack Ritchie inquiry to highlight UK Gambling’s system failures 

The Sheffield Coroner’s Court has begun its inquest into the death of Jack Ritchie (24), a ‘chronic gambling addict’ who in November 2017 took his own life.  The scheduled two-week hearing will examine the role of UK gambling in his death, with regards to industry regulation and the support structures available to those suffering from gambling addiction and mental health …

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