Tag Archives: Neil McArthur

RGSB begins new era as ‘Advisory Board for Safer Gambling – ABSG’

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), the policy and standards advisory unit for the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has rebranded as the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling – ABSG to reflect its deeper focus on safer gambling initiatives and protections. The independent advisory undertakes its rebrand as Dr Anna van der Gaag CBE begins her tenure as new chair, replacing long-term …

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Neil McArthur: UKGC expects highest standards post FOBTs

From today (Monday 1 April), UK gambling will enforce its £2 stake limit on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs – B2 Machines). Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has written to betting leadership, reminding all stakeholders of their responsibilities in ensuring consumers are protected. The UKGC Chief Executive, warns leadership that safer gambling enforcement will be …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Pondering some opposites on either side of the pond

News from either side of the Atlantic Ocean within the last month shows a yawning gap between the UK on the one hand and the U.S. on the other, not only in terms of social responsibility and player protection requirements but also in relation to attitudes towards gambling generally. I am not for one moment suggesting that responsible gambling is not a matter of …

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UKGC seeks wide business input on National Lottery contract

Addressing an audience of executives at the ‘Media & Telecoms 2019 & Beyond’ event in London, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Neil McArthur has urged media, technology, telecoms and publishing stakeholders to offer vital input on the next National Lottery licence. In 2019, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) working alongside the UKGC will launch the initial framework …

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UKGC boosting online safety with new age verification standards

The Gambling Commission has released a new set of rules, ensuring that operators implement a new wave of age verifications checks “to make gambling safer and fairer”. Following an open consultation, and to further guard against the risk of children gambling, new rules mean operators must verify customer age before they can either deposit funds into an account or gamble with …

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UK Gambling commission and NHS Wales back improved problem-gambling services

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has teamed up with a range of organisations across Wales with a view to provide and improve support to those who are susceptible to gambling-related harms. At the meeting in Cardiff,  30 representatives took part in a round table discussion, addressing the provision of treatment and prevention services, public health messaging, gambling venues and extending …

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Winning Post – Regulation… Are We Bettor Balanced?

Publishing its latest industry opinion, strategic consultancy Regulus Partners details that sector leadership needs to carefully balance the right narrative/debate on tackling the delicate and complex matter of problem gambling… __________________ The hair shirt is this season’s must-have fashion item for the well-dressed gambling executive, and this week was the turn of the GVC executive team to adopt sackcloth and …

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Year in Review: The impact of FOBT regulations

It has proven to be a very tumultuous year for the retail betting sector, with 151 stores closing to the public between March and September. The big four – Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Betfred and Paddy Power – continued to dominate the retail scene, holding 87 per cent of betting shops in Great Britain. Generally, however, stores have been struggling …

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Stronger Code… IGRG confirms ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on TV betting advertising

The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (‘IGRG’) has published its much anticipated new provisions for the Industry’s ‘Code for Socially Responsible Advertising’ (‘the code’) – confirming the implementation of a ‘whistle-to-whistle ban on all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport’. From next summer, the IGRG will adopt its whistle-to-whistle measure, with bookmakers banning on all TV betting adverts during …

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UKGC seeks ‘fresh ideas’ for National Lottery 2023 concession

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) seeks fresh ideas, new innovations and modern customer experiences, to revamp the National Lottery. Last week, the UKGC confirmed that it was seeking bidders for its National Lottery 2023 concession, challenging current incumbent Camelot Group Plc, who have operated the lottery since its inception in 1994. To date, Camelot details that it has raised £38 …

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