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Coalition Against Gambling Ads bus tour aims to place blackout advocates with policy stakeholders 

Members of the Coalition Against Gambling Ads (CAGA) a not-for-profit campaign seeking to end all advertising and sponsorships of gambling brands, will embark on its ‘Park the Bus’ tour of Britain this September.  The five-day tour, which will commence on Monday 6 September, aims to raise awareness of the devastating consequences of normalising gambling adverts on UK consumers and young …

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UKGC delays National Lottery timetable to accommodate deeper bid evaluations

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed that it has extended the timetable of the Fourth National Lottery Competition by a further 10-week period. The decision will see the winner of the multi-billion UK government contract set to be announced in February 2022, as the Commission withdraws its original forecast of aiming to announce the competition’s winner by …

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DCMS summons inquiry of National Lottery competition process  

DCMS has launched an inquiry to evaluate and examine its handling of the ‘competition process’ of the National Lottery’s operating tender.  Despite facing several COVID-19 related headwinds, the ‘Fourth National Lottery Competition’ was officially launched on 28 August 2020 – overseen by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and its Advisory Panel. The ongoing multi-billion competition seeks to award the next …

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DCMS secures +30,000-strong response to loot box consultation

DCMS has revealed that it has received over 30,000 responses to its call for evidence on how loot boxes should be regulated.  The request for stakeholder guidance was launched last September on behalf of a Select Committee examining ‘Immersive and Addictive Technologies’. DCMS had formally pledged that it would introduce initial laws and standards on loot box rewards and incentives, …

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DCMS opens consultation on National Lottery’s retail sales mechanism

The DCMS has launched a consultation on whether the government should implement a new retail sale mechanism for National Lottery products. The consultation has been launched in light of the government increasing the purchase age of National Lottery products from 16-to-18 – a change that was implemented by UK retailers last April, six months ahead of legislation coming into force …

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GAMSTOP nets ‘best outcomes’ in independent evaluation of self-exclusion 

GAMSTOP, UK gambling’s self-exclusion scheme, has cited that eight out of 10 players (82%) have stopped or reduced their gambling habits since registering with its services. The headline figure was communicated to GAMSTOP following an independent evaluation of player self-exclusion outcomes undertaken by research agency Sonnet.   Based on the survey feedback of more than 3,300 users of GAMSTOP, 84% …

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David Craven joins Allwyn to digitise National Lottery approach

David Craven is set to take the reins at Allwyn, the UK brand of European lottery provider Sazka Group, ahead of the National Lottery bidding contest.  Craven’s experience at digitising gambling-related businesses was a key factor behind his success as a candidate, having previously served as Managing Director of The Tote and CEO of World Gaming, as well as being …

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RCA welcomes government announcement but ‘certain restrictions’ may remain

The Racecourse Association (RCA) has released a statement welcoming the government’s announcement of the planned relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on 19 July, emphasising the ‘difficult time’ the pandemic has posed for the industry. Under the government’s plans, a range of COVID-19 safety and social distancing measures will end on 19 July ‘in one go’, although authorities will retain the ‘ability …

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DCMS approves licence fee hikes from 1 October

The UK government has confirmed that it will increase licence fee costs across all business verticals of the UK gambling sector, with increased fees to be enforced from 1 October.  The measure was announced by DCMS, publishing its response to a consultation launched on 29 January examining the funding structures of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Central to its assessment, …

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ASA: Gambling normalisation a predictable outcome of 2005’s liberalisation

UK advertising standards bodies have reiterated that the normalisation of gambling was a ‘predicted consequence’ of the 2005 Gambling Act.  In its submission to the DCMS consultation of the 2005 Gambling Act, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said that its role was to “prevent gambling advertising that ‘normalises’ irresponsible or potentially harmful gambling behaviour”. The response saw the ASA document …

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