Tag Archives: Rishi Sunak

Casinos demand hospitality rescue package as Sunak’s measures fall short

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) believes that Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the HM Treasury must form an emergency rescue package to save thousands of jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector which are currently under threat due to the government’s new COVID-19 public restrictions. The BGC made its statement following Chancellor Sunak’s address to the House of Commons, in …

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BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to safeguard the future of London’s high-end casinos by modernising current payment regulations, including an amendment to section 81 of the Gambling Act 2005 to change ‘outdated legislation’. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. The BGC highlighted the …

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John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support

John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Rank Group Plc, has stated that the government has not followed its own public health orders and further scientific measures by choosing to keep UK casinos venues under lockdown. Dominating industry headlines, last Friday PM Boris Johnson repealed the government’s decision to allow English casino venues to reopen on Saturday 1 August. PM Johnson told …

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BGC slams decision to delay reopening of casinos

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has lambasted the government for reversing it’s plans to allow casino operators to reopen on 1 August, claiming that the decision will result in the permanent loss of ‘up to 6,000 jobs’. The industry standards body claimed that the ‘wrecking ball’ decision could cause permanent damage to the sector, which the BGC emphasised should …

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BGC highlights UK casinos ‘community response’ under lockdown orders

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) continues to pressure the government on delivering clarity to the UK casino sector and its workforce, following the disappointing news that casino venues will not be allowed to reopen this July. Branded in the same category as nightclubs, England’s casino venues were told to remain in lockdown, and given no indication as to their …

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BGC: Treasury must face economic realities and allow casinos to reopen  

As UK businesses wait for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to issue his ‘summer statement’ tomorrow, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has continued to pressure the government to reopen casinos this July. Branded as a ‘critical mini-budget’, Sunak’s statement will underline vital business grants, industry subsidies and workforce schemes to help boost the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19’s aftershocks. Writing to …

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BGC calls for continued flexibility from government as lockdown relaxed

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to ‘keep being flexible’ following the latest update to the Government’s COVID-19 furlough scheme. Welcoming Sunak’s extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the standards body acknowledged that a number of its members ‘will be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for the foreseeable future’. …

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BGC backs UK furlough extension as vital support 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has backed the government continuing its UK furlough scheme until October, branding it a much needed measure to help support around 64,000 of the industry’s workforce. Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged that the government would continue its business relief measures, in which a furlough scheme has been established to pay ‘80% of wages up …

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Government’s business relief ‘will protect tens of thousands of jobs’ says BGC

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has backed the recent government support, welcoming the confirmation that betting companies will now qualify for the same business rates holiday like other businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality industry. Following the government’s instruction to close betting shops and casinos across the UK to limit the spread of COVID-19, the BGC has campaigned …

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UK Government announces temporary closure of betting shops and casinos

Following the latest set of unprecedented guidelines issued by the UK government to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, betting shops and casinos will be forced to close their doors with immediate effect for a period of two weeks, pending further review.  The news comes as the Prime Minister confirmed the UK was elevating attempts to flatten the impending Covid-19 …

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