Tag Archives: Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)

Winning Post: A tale of three reports for UK betting

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners gives an overview of last week’s Lords Select Committee report, and how casinos may have found a silver lining amid parliamentary rows over research, prevention and treatment of harmful gambling. UK: Regulation – peer review reveals path to redemption? This week was a tale of three reports for Britain’s gambling industry as in turn the …

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UKGC reaffirms commitment to making progress on tackling problem gambling

The UK Gambling Commission is considering ‘additional steps’ in protecting vulnerable gamblers, after the regulator was branded ‘toothless’ and in need of a ‘radical overhaul’. Issuing its response to a report published by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the UKGC has reiterated its commitment to making ‘further and faster progress’ in tackling problem gambling. A spokesperson from the …

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Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’

The UK Gambling Commission has come in for extreme criticism from a group of MPs reporting on how gambling regulation is protecting vulnerable people. The regulator is described as ‘toothless’ and in need of a ‘radical overhaul’. In a report published this morning, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee also branded the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport …

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DCMS: UK gambling divided on COVID-19 business resilience

A business survey carried out by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has revealed that UK gambling firms have been divided in their response to Coronavirus restrictions, with only one-third of corresponding companies accessing government support. DCMS’ survey, entitled The Coronavirus Impact Business Survey, suggested that the majority of gambling companies were land-based, however the specific details of …

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DCMS calls for further review into loot boxes

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to launch a call for evidence into loot boxes, which could see the video games feature reclassified as a gambling product.  Loot boxes have been a topic of controversy in recent years, with concerns raised over whether they encourage children and younger audiences to gamble.  Loot boxes are items embedded …

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BGC – Casinos ready to reopen from 4 July

Communicating on behalf of its members, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has declared that England’s casinos will be ready to reopen and service the public safely from 4 July. As part of the government’s ‘stage 3’ arrangement of lockdown easings, hospitality and leisure businesses across England will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, providing that they adhere to …

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Premier League eyes 17 June resumption

The English Premier League is due to make its return after clubs agreed on measures to resume play from 17 June. Following a three-month suspension due to the global pandemic, clubs agreed to resume the season with added safety measures to be put in place beforehand. Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters commented: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume …

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Gambling Commission toughens lockdown guidance

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued new guidance and measures which aim to further protect consumers during lockdown. The Commission said that tighter measures were needed, as new evidence revealed that certain gamblers may be at risk of greater harm during the lockdown period. Protecting the most vulnerable, the UKGC has made it clear that operators must carry out …

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