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UKGC strengthens commissioner ranks for critical 2020

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed the appointment of four new commissioners, strengthening its regulatory oversight for a crucial 2020 agenda and further future proceedings.   The commissioner appointments have been approved by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – allowing Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey to join UKGC governance …

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National Lottery launches £600m direct impact fund for UK charities 

National Lottery operator Camelot Group has announced that it will further support UK charities operating through lockdown hardships by rolling out a ‘£600 million impact fund’.  Through its existing stakeholder network, the National Lottery will direct immediate funds to charities that have been impacted hardest by COVID-19 circumstances and further aims to support organisations supporting the most vulnerable UK communities …

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EPIC: Education and research is key to mitigating problem gambling 

In recent weeks, government officials have called upon the gambling industry to ramp up protection measures and provide additional funding for problem gambling treatment during the COVID-19 lockdown.  Speaking to SBC, EPIC Risk Management CEO Paul Buck explained that while additional funding for treatment would be welcome, further support for both research and education is key in mitigating gambling related …

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BGC backs new action plan to quell DCMS concerns

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has replied to UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston stating that UK gambling is committed to maintaining the highest operating standards. On Tuesday, Huddleston had penned a letter on behalf of DCMS to the leadership of the UK’s top five betting operators urging ‘further proactive steps’ to ensure gambling consumer …

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Government and racing face criticism for Cheltenham 2020 go-ahead 

UK racing is facing a media and political backlash for its decision to host the 2020 Cheltenham Festival in early March, as COVID-19 cases began to spread across the country. At Monday’s ‘UK Coronavirus Briefing’, Angela McLean – the government’s deputy Chief Medical Advisor – stated that an inquiry should be held post-lockdown on the ‘epidemiological consequences’ of UK sports maintaining …

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UKGC enforces credit wagering ban as ‘technical focus’ continues

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has maintained its 2020 regulatory agenda by implementing its outright ban on credit card wagering across all gambling verticals, enforced from Tuesday 14 April. The anticipated ban on all credit transactions was approved this January, marking the Commission’s first industry-wide regulatory enforcement for 2020 proceedings. In its January announcement, the Commission underlined that a blanket …

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GBGB reveals plans to be ‘first to return’ when restrictions ease

Greyhound racing has emphasised its plan to be ‘the first to return’ to racing behind closed doors after the current restrictions placed on sporting events are relaxed. Through its industry-led working group, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has been working towards restarting the sport in ‘a responsible but efficient manner’. GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird said: “We were …

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Winning Post: When the going gets tough …

As COVID-19 continues to dominate global headlines, Regulus Partners kicks off the week by looking at how the gambling industry has stepped up to the plate in supporting its staff and global efforts in tackling the spread of the virus. Global: When the going gets tough – many gambling businesses step up to the plate It is said that a …

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Greyhound racing suspended following COVID-19 lockdown

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Greyhound racing has become the latest sport in the UK to be suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the decision coming into effect as of today. The suspension, confirmed by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB), follows on from Boris Johnson’s package of new restrictions on travel and social engagements which will be reviewed in the next …

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UKGC maintains National Lottery tender timetable

Amid fast-changing COVID-19 developments, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has detailed that it will maintain its fourth National Lottery competition timeline. International and domestic suitors had detailed concerns that the National Lottery tender would be delayed or postponed by the Commission in view of UK  COVID-19 disruptions. Issuing a statement to SBC, the Gambling Commission said: “We are carefully monitoring …

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