Tag Archives: Gambleaware

Former Minister Whittingdale issues black market warning at BGC AGM

The issue of black market operators has been raised once again as John Whittingdale, the former DCMS Minister tasked with overseeing the 2005 Gambling Act review, addressed the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)’s AGM yesterday. Speaking to the assembled BGC delegates, Whittingdale – who served as Minister of State for Media and Data between February 2020 and September 2021 – …

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BGC highlights ‘wake up call’ following latest YouGov betting poll

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has raised concerns regarding a recent YouGov poll of bettors on the subject of affordability checks, describing the results as a ‘wake up call’ for legislators.  According to the poll, 16% of bettors stated that they would welcome affordability checks, the wider implementation of which is under consideration as part of the 2005 Gambling …

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GambleAware enlists Adferiad Recovery to extend NGTS residential rehabilitation

GambleAware has commissioned Adferiad Recovery to provide residential rehabilitation for adults with gambling disorders and complexities, as it looks to expand its offering of the services. Adferiad Recovery, will work in partnership with Gordon Moody in a three-year pilot project to extend the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS) provision of residential rehabilitation for gambling disorder. The three partners intend to …

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Andrew Rhodes’ role at UKGC reportedly set to become permanent

Interim UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes is reportedly set to take on a more permanent role at the regulatory body, according to The Guardian. The newspaper reported that the government has made the decision due to Rhodes’ commitment to cracking down on ‘recidivist behaviour’ by betting and gaming operators, ahead of the publishing of the 2005 Gambling Act …

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Dr Jane Rigbye to oversee YGAM strategy as new Chief Executive

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has appointed a new Chief Executive, with public health specialist Dr Jane Rigbye stepping into the role.  YGAM has underscored that Rigbye’s appointment marks the start of ‘an exciting chapter’ for the responsible gambling charity, as it continues to develop its educational strategy over the coming years.  Prior to joining YGAM, Rigbye …

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Year in Review Part Four – UKGC reaches conclusions and M&A sagas come to a close

The final quarter of the year saw huge news across a range of areas of the international betting and gaming industry, as two major acquisition sagas concluded – with differing results – and the UKGC made a number of important announcements.  In the second half of 2021, the betting sector closely followed a prominent transatlantic development, as major US player …

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BGC lauds industry’s ‘huge contribution’ in community and social initiatives

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has provided an overview of the gambling industry’s 2021 CSR initiatives, focusing on community outreach, economic and social contribution, promotion of equality and diversity, employee support and environmental initiatives.  A number of prominent companies were highlighted in the report, including bet365 Group, Flutter Entertainment, William Hill, Gamesys and Entain, whilst BGC members in general …

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Gambling Minister calls for operators to ‘step in’ but dismisses £100 affordability checks

Chris Philp, DCMS Gambling Minister, has outlined the government’s strategy to counter gambling related harm, offering an update on the progress of the White Paper on the 2005 Gambling Act review. Giving a keynote speech entitled ‘Collaboration in the Prevention of Gambling Harms’ at GambleAware’s ninth annual conference, the Minister highlighted the need for a collaborative approach involving various industry …

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Andrew Rhodes: UKGC will no longer tolerate repeat offenders

Andrew Rhodes, Interim Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has warned industry leadership that his department will no longer tolerate “recidivist behaviours towards compliance” as operators are ordered to maintain their licensing duties. Speaking at GambleAware’s Annual Conference, Rhodes stated that the Commission supported the conference’s key theme of ‘deeper collaboration to prevent gambling harms’. However, stakeholder ambitions …

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GambleAware launches £300k research project into minority communities experience of gambling harms

GambleAware continues to bolster its research capacity, confirming that it has sanctioned a £300,000 grant to an academic consortium that will examine the ‘lived experiences of minority communities around gambling harms’.  A consortium led by Ipsos MORI and the University of Manchester, working in collaboration with ClearView Research, won a bid to take on GambleAware’s 18-month research project – whose …

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