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

Industry advocacy faces media and political backlash as Gambling Act review nears

Ahead of the government’s impending review of the 2005 Gambling Act, two Conservative MPs have accepted jobs with the gambling industry to advise on ‘responsible gambling and customer service’. The MPs roles and daily fees were revealed by parliamentary disclosure, reported by The Guardian, and criticised by opposition MPs as a ‘clear conflict of interest’. Laurence Robertson (MP for Tewkesbury) …

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DCMS undertakes consultation on loot boxes

The Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a call for evidence on the impact of loot boxes in video games in a bid to examine rising concerns that they may encourage problem gambling or compulsive habits. The call for evidence will gather opinions from both players and their parents or guardians in addition to ‘rigorous, high …

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Downing Street seeks central role in Gambling Act reforms

PM Boris Johnson is reported to have instructed his closest advisors to take direct control of the government’s imminent review of the 2005 Gambling Act, steering DCMS reforms and agenda.  Reported by this weekend’s Guardian, Dominic Cummings and Munira Mirza – the director of the No10 Policy Unit – are rumoured to have taken a ‘personal interest in the review’, …

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On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial

A limited number of on-course bookmakers will be permitted at UK racecourses from Tuesday, as part of a two-week trial. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. Reported by the Racing Post, on-course bookmakers will be authorised to offer betting services for owners, starting with Beverley, Fontwell and Kempton meetings …

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On-course bookies rail against Goodwood ‘cashless trial’

On-course bookmakers have urged the government to relax the restrictions on cash betting for this week’s Goodwood meeting, after 5,000 punters have been given the green light to attend the event. Current restrictions rule that only four on-course bookmakers will be permitted on the Sussex track this Saturday, and will only be authorised to take bets via cards as part …

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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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