Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

Betting shops close their doors in England’s tier 4 areas

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Betting shops in London, the South East and East of England have been forced to close their doors after the regions were placed under new tier four restrictions. The new measures, which were introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the weekend, will mean that all non-essential retail – including betting shops – must close for the foreseeable future.  The …

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The launch of the Gambling Act review: how the industry has reacted

The launch of the Gambling Act review: how the industry has reacted

As the gambling industry wakes up to the announcement that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will be launching its review into the 2005 Gambling Act, the news has been largely welcomed by various different stakeholders from across the sector. The review, which is expected to result in the biggest reform of UK gambling laws since the …

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BGC praises results of COVID action plan 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Since the launch of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) ‘COVID action plan’, the industry’s unified trade body states that the number of safer gambling messages displayed on gambling sites ‘has more than doubled in just six months’. The 10-pledge plan was initially unveiled at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March and set out the new standards …

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Betting shops to reopen in tier 3 as casinos’ future remains uncertain

Betting shops have been given the green light to reopen their doors in tier three areas in England once the current national lockdown restrictions are eased. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the move as he set out details of how England will come out of the national lockdown from 3 December. The announcement has been welcomed by the Betting and …

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BHA chief urges government to keep betting shops open in Tier 3

BHA chief urges government to keep betting shops open in Tier 3

Nick Rust, CEO of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has called for the government to reopen betting shops once the current lockdown restrictions are eased, stating that there is ‘no evidence’ that betting shops have contributed to the spread of the virus. From 2 December, England is expected to return to a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. However, bookmakers have …

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BGC urges government to allow betting shops to reopen in Tier 3

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Casinos and betting shops across England have offered to voluntarily introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions in order to be allowed to reopen in Tier Three areas once the current lockdown ends. Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), made a ‘direct plea’ to Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Matt Hancock, stating that venues ‘will go even further’ to …

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BGC: Safer gambling values are important ‘all year round’

BGC: Safer gambling values are important ‘all year round’

As the industry marks the beginning of Safer Gambling Week, Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has reaffirmed his belief that the betting sector is committed to promoting social responsibility ‘not for one week but all year around’. The event, which is now in its fourth year, is integral in kick starting the national conversation on …

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BGC highlights importance of gambling’s ‘symbiotic relationship’ with sports

BGC highlights importance of gambling’s ‘symbiotic relationship’ with sports

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has emphasised the financial support that the betting industry provides for UK sports which have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In a submission to a House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into ‘sport in our communities’, the BGC stressed that the likes of horseracing, snooker, football and rugby league have …

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BGC urges Westminster to follow Wales’ ‘science-led approach’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has shown its support for the ‘science-led approach’ taken by the Welsh government, which has allowed betting shops and casinos to reopen their doors following the country’s two week ‘fire break’ lockdown. As of yesterday, 360 betting shops and four casinos in Wales were given the green light to reopen their doors, with a …

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Bookmakers support racing with additional streaming and data fees

Bookmakers have agreed to offer a much-needed cash boost for horseracing during the second coronavirus lockdown, after confirming that they will pay additional fees on existing streaming and data deals until 2 December. The extra revenue from online operators will help racecourses to make up for some of the funding shortfall caused by the widespread closure of betting shops in …

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