Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

BGC lauds industry’s efforts as Commission reports 0.2% problem gambling rate

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed that the country’s problem gambling rate has dropped for another year to 0.2%, prompting the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) to praise the industry’s efforts.  Issuing an update, the UKGC demonstrated that problem gambling rates had consistently fallen year-on-year from 2020 onwards, with the March 2020 figure standing at 0.6%, falling to 0.4% …

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Betting operators hand over MP’s Grand National winnings to UK charities

Charities throughout the UK have benefited from large sums of money donated by bookmakers after MPs from around the country joined in on the Grand National action by placing charity bets. The UK’s biggest betting operators had vowed to hand over any winnings on MP charity bets to their charity of choice. The eventual winner was 50/1 shot Noble Yeats, …

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Michael Dugher: BGC accepts new CAP rules but government must deliver a definitive advertising solution  

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has stated that its members will support the introduction of tough new advertising laws banning the use of sports stars and celebrities announced by this week by The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).  On Tuesday, CAP the monitor of UK advertising across traditional and digital formats, announced a ‘step change’ of rules from UK …

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BGC: Ministers must recognise public good of the Grand National

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on ministers to recognise the importance of the Grand National as a heritage sporting event supporting UK racing and highstreet jobs.  Following three years under lockdown constraints, The Grand National returns to hosting live spectators at Aintree on Saturday 9 April. Its main race is expected to be watched by a global …

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BGC: Industry is ‘supercharged’ to welcome visitors in English Tourism Week

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has stated that the UK’s gambling sector is ready to welcome international visitors through its doors after two years of travel and opening restrictions.  With travel restrictions to the UK easing as the country emerges from COVID-19 lockdown and safety conditions, the BGC has reiterated the financial contribution the gaming industry makes via international …

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YouGov research ‘lends credence’ to industry black market concerns

Fears of a prominent black market have been repeatedly made clear by the British betting and gaming sector as the 2005 Gambling Act review continues, with YouGov data often cited.  Issuing an update, YouGov provided a breakdown of its findings with regards to black market usage, revealing that 17% of British bettors would wager on sports via unlicensed sites if …

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Bacta calls for amusements’ consideration in Spring Statement

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the government’s Spring Statement on the UK budget today, outlining a number of areas for investment as the country’s recovery from COVID-19 continues.  Ahead of the statement, the UK’s betting and gaming trade associations have called on the government to take the industry into consideration, with amusement arcade body Bacta today focusing on …

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BGC supports recovery plan but urges White Paper consideration

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has stated that the “well-meaning but naive changes to regulation” suggested as part of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act could put the industry and its economic contribution at risk.  Releasing a statement this morning, the industry standards and trade body updated that it would support the government’s plan for recovery as the …

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Michael Dugher: Gambling deserves a deeper debate than simplistic narratives

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned ministers that gambling’s complex socio dynamics can not be judged on the notion of simplistic rhetoric.  Writing on the Commons news source Politics Home, Dugher outlined stakeholder frustrations at the meandering nature of the debate on gambling reforms, industry duties and protections. His response was submitted as …

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BGC: Progress on safer gambling duties at risk of a black market wipeout

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has reiterated the need to protect UK gambling’s continued progress on safer gambling objectives from growing black market threats. The trade body’s warning follows the publishing of the latest industry statistics by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) –  that saw problem gambling % rates for 2021 register 0.3% lower than the previous 0.6 recorded …

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