Tag Archives: Gambling Act review

Dan Whitlam, GamCare: How operators can go ‘above and beyond’ on safer gambling

SBC News Dan Whitlam, GamCare: How operators can go ‘above and beyond’ on safer gambling

GamCare is a prominent safer gambling organisation in the UK, most widely known for its treatment operations, but less so for its industry standards work. Breaking down the company’s role in pushing operators to go ‘above and beyond’ on responsibility, Dan Whitlam, GamCare’s Head of Industry Standards, sat down for an interview with SBC at Twickenham Stadium.  While acknowledging that …

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Kindred: Sports sponsorship a ‘peripheral issue’ in context of harm reduction

SBC News Kindred: Sports sponsorship a ‘peripheral issue’ in context of harm reduction

Ahead of the Premier League potentially severing or significantly limiting its ties with betting companies, Kindred’s UK General Manager has highlighted the positive impact such relationships can have.  Writing for Politics Home, Neil Banbury laid out the case that betting partnerships can provide an avenue for promoting responsible gambling, reducing harm due to the ‘unique links’ clubs have to communities.  …

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IBAS sets sights on UK Gambling Ombudsman role

SBC News IBAS sets sights on UK Gambling Ombudsman role

The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) has set out its case for becoming a potential UK Gambling Ombudsman, detailing operational and financial considerations.  Recognising the creation of a Gambling Ombudsman as a potential outcome of the Gambling Act review White Paper, the group asserted that it could take on the role ‘faster than any entirely new service could be created’ due …

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BGC: Problem gambling figures provide ‘food for thought’ ahead of White Paper

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has recommended that Ministers factor in the latest data on problem gambling prevalence ahead of the White Paper publication.  Providing an update yesterday, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) revealed the results of its quarterly surveys over the past 12 months.  The data demonstrated a reduced problem gambling rate of 0.2% for 2022, down from …

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Gamstop records 300k exclusions amid White Paper delay

SBC News Gamstop records 300k exclusions amid White Paper delay

Gamstop surpassed the 300,000 mark in the first half of this year, during which time a total of 43,500 signed up to the national self-exclusion service.  This represented a 9% increase on the corresponding time period last year, averaging 7,000 new sign ups per month during 2022, whilst the number of consumers in the 16-24 demographic increased by 5%.  Furthermore, …

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Ian Brown to lead Flutter UK&I following Conor Grant exit

SBC News Ian Brown to lead Flutter UK&I following Conor Grant exit

Flutter Entertainment Plc has confirmed the inbound appointment of Ian Brown as new Chief Executive of its UK-&-Ireland business. Brown will take the reins at the FTSE100 betting and gaming group in September, replacing outgoing CEO Conor Grant, who will continue to work with the incoming Chief Executive during the transition phase.  A former CEO of Booking.com’s Trips division and …

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GambleAware discourages further delay to Gambling Act review judgement

SBC News GambleAware discourages further delay to Gambling Act review judgement

GambleAware has expressed concern that the government’s white paper judgement on the Gambling Act review may be further delayed.  Political turmoil in Westminster has cast uncertainty as to whether the white paper – originally slated for publication in the spring – will still be made public this month, as previously stated by the government. Boris Johnson’s withdrawal from the premiership …

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Public health directors weigh in on RET funding war of words

SBC News Public health directors weigh in on RET funding war of words

The President and Vice-President of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) have written to Gambling Minister Chris Philp, making recommendations ahead of the Gambling Act review White Paper. Although the consultation period for recommendations informing the legislative overhaul ended on 1 April, Professor Maggie Rae (President) and Greg Fell (VP) expressed their viewpoint on developing a better public …

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GambleAware reiterates calls for mandatory gambling harm levy

SBC News GambleAware reiterates calls for mandatory gambling harm levy

GambleAware has repeated its calls for the introduction of a mandatory levy to support gambling harm prevention and treatment, ahead of the publication of the Gambling Act review White Paper. The problem gambling prevention organisation has argued for a levy of 1% as a licensing condition for betting firms wishing to operate in the UK, something which the group claims …

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YGAM collaborates with Portsmouth Uni on loot box education

SBC News YGAM collaborates with Portsmouth Uni on loot box education

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has entered into a new academic partnership with the University of Portsmouth, focused around loot boxes. Specifically, the partners aim to develop educational material focused on potential financial and psychological harms that can result from loot boxes – virtual assets within video games that contain unspecified items, which can be purchased for …

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