Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

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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BGC: Banning free bets will hit horse racing and punters

SBC News BGC: Banning free bets will hit horse racing and punters

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned legislators and gambling campaigners on potential risks of banning free bet promotions.  Issuing a statement, the UK’s betting industry trade association and standards body argued that such a move could have negative consequences for both customers and the sport of horse racing.  Citing YouGov research, the BGC asserted that 69% of bettors …

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BGC: Royal Ascot bookmakers donate £1.2 million to UK charities

SBC News BGC: Royal Ascot bookmakers donate £1.2 million to UK charities

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has revealed that UK charities will be rewarded with a share of £1.2 million from bookmaker profits donated from last week’s Royal Ascot. The marquee festival saw BGC members pledge to donate all winnings taken from Thursday’s Britannia Stakes race, won by 14/1 shot Thesis ridden by Ryan Moore, the victor in a nail-biting …

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BGC members to open 15,000 tech vacancies under ‘Levelling Up’ agenda

SBC News BGC members to open 15,000 tech vacancies under ‘Levelling Up’ agenda

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has provided further details on its ‘Levelling Up’ plans for the next five years, as the standards body aims to assist with the UK’s post-COVID bounceback. Issuing an update this morning, the British betting and gaming trade association and standards body detailed that its members plan to generate 15,000 tech jobs over the next …

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Safer Gambling Week to ‘see a blitz’ of omni-channel messaging

SBC News Safer Gambling Week to ‘see a blitz’ of omni-channel messaging

The UK’s four betting and gaming industry trade associations have confirmed that this year’s Safer Gambling Week will take place between 17-23 October. Issuing a joint update, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), Bingo Association, Lotteries Council and amusements representative Bacta pledged to ‘build on last year’s record breaking success’. The organisations stated that this year’s event will feature a …

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Michael Dugher: Public favours common-sense approach to govern gambling’s future

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher has warned the government that it risks alienating itself from public opinion should it conform to prohibitionists’ approach to gambling regulation.  Writing in Commons news source Politics Home, the Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) reflected on political opinion and commentary in light of May’s Local Election results. “For the Conservatives, results showed predictable mid-term …

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The RET levy debate – much needed reform or a ‘recipe for disaster’?

SBC News The RET levy debate - much needed reform or a ‘recipe for disaster’?

Reform advocates have been calling for the implementation of a mandatory levy for RET contributions – a further curveball for the government review of the UK gambling industry to address. The enforcement of a mandatory levy is backed by the Northern Gambling Clinic’s lead clinician Dr Matt Gaskell, the Social Market Foundation (SMF) thinktank and its Senior Fellow Dr James …

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

SBC News 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

SBC News 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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