Tag Archives: Peers for Gambling Reform (PGR)

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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Chris Philp: “Too many cases of operators failing on protection”

SBC News Chris Philp: “Too many cases of operators failing on protection”

In light of recent fines levied against UK betting operators by regulatory authorities, Gambling Minister Chris Philp has argued that reform is “undoubtedly long overdue”. Ahead of the publication of the White Paper on the 2005 Gambling Act review, which the Minister asserted is due ‘very soon’, Philp spoke at the Gambling Reform Rally yesterday, organised by the Gambling Related …

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Lib Dem peer calls for gambling reforms ‘as quickly as possible’

SBC News Lib Dem peer calls for gambling reforms ‘as quickly as possible’

Lord Foster, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, has reiterated calls for reform to the UK’s gambling industry ahead of the Gambling Act review judgement. As reported by BBC News, the long-time gambling reform advocate has argued that the UK government has taken long-enough – having ‘delayed and dithered’ in the Lord’s own words – to overhaul …

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Whittingdale backs DCMS’ evidence-led approach against APPG criticism

SBC News Whittingdale backs DCMS’ evidence-led approach against APPG criticism

John Whittingdale MP, the DCMS Minister overseeing the 2005 Gambling Act review, has responded to a letter from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) calling on the government to ‘act in an informed way’ on gambling advertising. Sent on 5 July, the letter concerned a parliamentary discussion held on 25 May, during which Whittingdale responded to …

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BGC: PGR ‘fantasy figures’ undermine the real economic contribution of UK gambling

SBC News BGC: PGR ‘fantasy figures’ undermine the real economic contribution of UK gambling

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued its statement regarding this morning’s report by Peers for Gambling Reform (PGR), highlighting the industry’s financial contribution to the UK economy in response to ‘fantasy figures’. Five key measures were recommended by the report – affordability checks, stake limits on high-risk online casino games, a ban on sports sponsorships, the classification of …

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PGR asserts betting industry profits ‘will exceed financial costs’ of reforms

SBC News PGR asserts betting industry profits ‘will exceed financial costs’ of reforms

Peers for Gambling Reform (PGR) has published the findings of its latest report, arguing that an overhaul of UK gambling laws would likely have positive societal outcomes on employment, tax revenue and employee earnings. NERA was commissioned to undertake an ‘economic assessment’ of recommended industry reforms that have been suggested as part of the government’s generational review of the 2005 …

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Lord Foster takes charge of ‘Peers for Gambling Reform’ group

SBC News Lord Foster takes charge of ‘Peers for Gambling Reform’ group

A group of peers within the House of Lords will undertake a review of gambling industry safeguards, duties and customer protections, seeking to inform the government about urgent changes to gambling regulation. ‘Peers for Gambling Reform’ (PGR) will be Chaired by Lord Foster of Bath (Liberal Democrat). Vice Chairs of the Group will include Lord Smith of Hindhead (Conservative), Baroness …

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