Tag Archives: Tracey Crouch

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Death knell sounded for FOBTs?

On 31 October, Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch announced the launch of a 12-week consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures that will run until 23 January 2018. The consultation covers Government proposals relating to: maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 (including a reduction in the maximum stakes …

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MPs emphasise the importance of the DCMS review on the horse racing industry

This week’s long awaited triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes not only led to a 12 week consultation period, but also incited an incredibly heated debate in Parliament on Tuesday. As part of the debate, the case was made for how future regulations on terminals could have implications on the horse racing industry, both co-chairs of the all-party …

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DCMS confirms FOBT stake cut and demands enhanced player protection

Updating the market this morning, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has opened a ’12-week consultation period for proposals on ‘changes to gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the UK gambling sector’. The three Parliamentary Secretaries leading the government’s triennial industry review; Karen Bradley (Head of DCMS), Tracey Crouch (UK Sports Minister) and Lord Ashton …

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October pains… UK DCMS expected to delay final judgement on FOBTs wagering

UK newspapers The Times and The Guardian have reported that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will seek to open a further ‘12-week consultation period’ for its ongoing review of FOBTs wagering levels. At present, it appears that DCMS will delay its judgement on whether to reduce FOBTs wagering from £100 max-bet to the reported options of £50, …

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Breon Corcoran comes out in support of slashing FOBT stakes

The Financial Times has revealed that Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran has issued his support for significantly cutting the stakes of  fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). In a letter to the minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Tracey Crouch, Corcoran stated that due to the ‘toxic’ nature of the debate that now surrounds the terminals only significant action would …

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UKGC warns parents of video game skin betting

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) warns parents over the perils of gambling linked to video games, calling for adults to be vigilant to the dangers of gambling associated with video games. Its warning follows the publication of a Commission paper on virtual currencies, eSports and social gaming (http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/Virtual-currencies) The UKGC explains that there has been an increase in the popularity …

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UK Government moves to implement reformed UK Racing levy

The UK government has moved forward with plans to reform UK racing’s levy, which will see the introduction of mandatory contributions from all betting operators that take bets on the sport, regardless of channel. This weekend, UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch confirmed the government’s plans, which will see licensed betting operators charged a 10% fee on gross profits from wagers …

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ABB snubs ‘kangaroo court’ commons all-party meeting on UK gambling sector

Tracey Crouch the UK Minister for Culture, Media & Sports has expressed her disappointment at industry body the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) failure to attend last week’s ‘Commons All Party Group on Fixed-odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs)’.   The Commons meeting was set-up to discuss current UK regulatory provisions for FOBTs and potential plans to further restrict TV advertising for …

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UK Government confirms review of industry FOBTs & advertising

Industry Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and advertising standards will be on the Conservative government agenda, following confirmation of an industry review by Culture, Media & Sports Minister Tracey Crouch. The latest review by the government aims to probe FOBTs coverage within UK highstreets, gaming machine stakes/prizes and industry social responsibility measures. As reported this September, the government has further …

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UK Sports minister wants outright 10% bookmaker charge for UK racing levy

The UK Racing Levy Scheme has again hit national headlines, as UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch detailed to industry stakeholders that her department intends to place a 10% gross profit charge on all racing wagers whether placed via a retail bookmaker or online. Crouch and the Department of Culture, Media and Sports will seek to implement the industry charge which …

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