Tag Archives: UK Gambling Commission (UKGC)

Neil McArthur: Gambling Act reform will hold no grace period for inbound changes

Neil McArthur

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has stated that the government and its regulatory agencies will take every opportunity available ‘to make Great Britain the world leader for safer gambling’. Opening the ‘Raising Standards’ conference at London’s Southbank Centre on the eve of the industry’s ‘Safer Gambling Week’, McArthur addressed the relationship between licensees and the …

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UK gambling rebounded in September as Premier League returned

New data published by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has shown an increase in real event betting activity during September, driven by the return of Premier League football. The statistics aim to show the ways in which the relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown measures had impacted gambling behaviour across the UK, reflecting the period between March and September. September data indicated …

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Industry advocacy faces media and political backlash as Gambling Act review nears

Ahead of the government’s impending review of the 2005 Gambling Act, two Conservative MPs have accepted jobs with the gambling industry to advise on ‘responsible gambling and customer service’. The MPs roles and daily fees were revealed by parliamentary disclosure, reported by The Guardian, and criticised by opposition MPs as a ‘clear conflict of interest’. Laurence Robertson (MP for Tewkesbury) …

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Nigel Huddleston and Neil McArthur back Safer Gambling Week 2020

Nigel Huddleston MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, and UK Gambling Commission Chief Executive, Neil McArthur, have committed to raising awareness of responsible gambling by backing this year’s Safer Gambling Week. Taking place from 19 -25 November, Safer Gambling Week 2020 is led by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), The Bingo Association (BA) and the British Amusement Catering …

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UKGC releases first National Strategic Assessment

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its first ever National Strategic Assessment, which will assess the ‘issues and the risks gambling presents to consumers and the public’. The assessment document will outline the UKGC’s priority actions in mitigating the risks associated with gambling, in addition to highlighting a number of areas where significant progress is already made to make …

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PPF to promote Gamstop services in new partnership

The Professional Players Federation (PPF) has secured a new partnership with national multi-operator self-exclusion service Gamstop. Through the new partnership, PPF will raise awareness of the self-exclusion platform across its website and social channels – ensuring that both consumers and athletes know how to access Gamstop services should they need it. Simon Taylor, chief executive of the PPF, commented: “Professional …

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BGC: New VIP guidance demonstrates commitment to improving industry standards

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the new guidelines rolled out by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), stating that the new measures are a clear demonstration of the industry’s commitment to drive up standards. From 31 October, operators must establish whether ‘spending is affordable and sustainable as part of the customer’s leisure spend’ before making a customer a …

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UKGC plans to ‘stamp out’ VIP malpractice with new guidelines

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released new strict guidance for licence holders which will aim to stamp out malpractice in the management of ‘VIP’ customers. Stamping out the ‘irresponsible incentivisation of high value customers’ has become a key area for change, according to the UKGC, after the regulator reported failings in customer protection.  Furthemore, The House of Lords select …

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UKGC creates social media advertising guidance via Facebook link-up

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has broadened its reach to social media users after partnering with Facebook to create guidance aimed at limiting the number of gambling-related adverts that users see. The guidance will aim to mitigate the risk associated with gambling-related messaging and advertisements on social media. It will offer information on how users can utilise Facebook’s safety tools …

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Gordon Moody Association: Reducing gambling harm through collaboration

In a two-part series, Paul Dent – Gambling Therapy Manager at Gordon Moody Association (GMA) – takes an in-depth look at the concept of harm, analysing what constitutes harmful behaviours and how working alongside gambling operators can help on an academic, community and customer level. Defining gambling-related harm Back in April 2019, the UKGC launched its National Strategy which had …

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