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FOBT research claims it is possible to ‘distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour’

The Responsible Gambling Trust has published what it describes as ‘world-leading and independently conducted research’ into gaming machines in licensed betting offices that shows it is possible to distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour. The programme of research was commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust to build the knowledge base available to identify harmful machine play and to understand …

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Lee Richardson: British horseracing… time to set Levy adrift

Lee Richardson, CEO at Gaming Economics, has looked at the tired old Levy Scheme and thinks its time that a modern industry found a modern solution. Gaming Economics thinks it’s time for the British horseracing industry to stop relying on Levy funding under its current guise. The Horserace Betting Levy is a statutory instrument which essentially transfers money from those …

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Lib Dem MP wants £2 maximum stake on FOBTs

One of the senior Liberal Democrat MPs has announced that he wants to see B2 Gaming Machines, commonly known as FOBTs, to be reduced to £2 a go. Manchester Withington MP John Leech has called on the government, of which his party is a coalition partner, to go much further with their current proposals on gaming machines and reduce the …

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Point of Consumption delayed until November

The controversial Point of Consumption licensing regime, due to come in on 1 October, has been delayed for a month in order to give the judge presiding over the Judicial Review time to consider the arguments. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has been a vocal opponent to the proposed Point of Consumption laws, suggesting they are contrary to …

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UK Law: Is the GBGA too late with its point of consumption legal challenge?

In a series of articles, David Clifton, director at licensing and gambling consultancy Clifton Davies, takes a look at the changes to the UK’s gambling licensing laws which are due to be in place by October. The big question is whether the GBGA is too late with its point of consumption legal challenge. Through its solicitors, in letters before action …

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William Hill closes 70 shops ahead of machine tax increase

William Hill has closed 70 shops since the budget and intends to close another 12 shortly, according to the bookmaker’s interim report. HM Treasury’s announcement of an increase in MGD from 20 per cent to 25 per cent from 1 March 2015 saw the bookmaker pledging to close 109 outlets in order to absorb the higher taxation costs, and the …

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GBGA makes move for Point of Consumption Judicial Review

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has followed through with its threats and written to the UK Government  and Gambling Commission placing them on notice of a claim for judicial review, giving them 14 days in which to respond. The GBGA, which represents Gibraltar-based online gambling operators, has instructed the law firm Olswang to write to the Secretary of …

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Has gambling advertising reached its watershed?

Today Helen Grant MP described gambling advertising as ‘pervasive’ while announcing a set of measures clamping down on the betting industry, put together as much for enhanced player protection as they have with one eye on next’s year’s General Election. While it obviously isn’t a good sign for the gambling industry (or indeed the TV companies), the government has actually …

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Shake up in planning laws for betting shops

Gambling firms who want to open up new betting shops on the high street may find they are stopped from doing so under new plans to give local authorities more control over the make-up of their high streets. Bookies who want to open new shops will have to submit a planning application and local councils will be able to refuse …

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Ministerial statement: Betting shops and gambling

Minister for gambling Helen Grant MP has made this statement to Parliament: “The 2005 Gambling Act was introduced by the then Government with the aim of liberalising the gambling market in Great Britain. Nearly seven years on from the Act’s implementation, the gambling industry has developed in innovative ways, with new products now marketed and made available on a greater …

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