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UKGC pushes for fee amendments

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is planning to advise the government to amend the current fees regulations, in order to take account of the significant changes in the population of operators that it regulates and to address identified problems in the current fees structure. The UKGC  is therefore developing its advice to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The commission …

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Gambling industry tightens advertising code

The gambling industry has tightened up its advertising code in an effort to strengthen its social responsibility performance. These changes follow work undertaken by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) as part of a wider review commissioned in 2014 by the then Secretary of State at DCMS into all aspects of gambling advertising. The improvements to be made include: …

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Culture Secretary appoints new Gambling Commissioners

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has appointed three new Gambling Commissioners to the regulator’s 10-strong board.  Alison Hastings and Trevor Pearce CBE have both been given 4 year terms, while Jonathan Scott has been given 5 years. Alison Hastings is a Non-executive Director and Vice President of the British Board of Film Classification, a Press Complaints Commissioner, a Non-executive Director of …

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Dan Waugh – Regulus Partners – Time to think outside the box

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm It may seem strange to suggest it now at a time when gambling is once again at the centre of a fairly major public policy debate – but there may come a time when even the Daily Mail recalls with misty eyes a time when gambling was part of the fabric of …

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Responsible Gambling Trust clarifies FOBT claims

The Responsible Gambling Trust has been moved to write to government whip Lord Gardiner of Kimble to clarify comments made by the peer during the recent debate on FOBTs in the House of Lords. During the debate, Gardiner had claimed that: “The Responsible Gambling Trust has said that in its view it is, ‘overtly naïve and massively premature’, to suggest …

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DCMS to publish UK gambling advertising results following leaked cabinet correspondence

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will speed up the publishing of its results into the review it conducted into UK gambling advertising. The DCMS faced criticism from senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander who had raised concerns regarding UK public and consumer exposure to gambling advertisement. UK newspaper the Daily Mail published leaked cabinet correspondence between Alexander and …

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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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