Tag Archives: UK Gambling Commission (UKGC)

Lee Willows: Funding debate threatens UK’s ‘world class’ treatment ecosystem

The debate surrounding gambling research, education and treatment (RET) funding has been heating up significantly ahead of the government’s Gambling Act review White Paper. A range of viewpoints have been expressed on the matter, and notably, calls for the introduction of a statutory levy to support RET operations have been rising, although with some differences as to how this would …

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Public health directors weigh in on RET funding war of words

The President and Vice-President of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) have written to Gambling Minister Chris Philp, making recommendations ahead of the Gambling Act review White Paper. Although the consultation period for recommendations informing the legislative overhaul ended on 1 April, Professor Maggie Rae (President) and Greg Fell (VP) expressed their viewpoint on developing a better public …

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Allwyn nets 63% pan-European revenue growth as leadership monitors macro headwinds

Allwyn International (formerly SAZKA Group) has detailed ‘strong and stable’ growth across its European operations, as the recommended UK National Lottery steward records total GGR of €869.3m. Representing a 63% increase on Q1 2021 earnings of €526.3m, the rebranded firm‘s GGR was coupled with a 89% growth rate for NGR to €534.4m (€283m), alongside a rise in Adjusted EBITDA of …

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Andrew Rhodes: White Paper delay not an excuse to avoid tackling problems

The White Paper on the 2005 Gambling Act review has been highly anticipated for some time now, with a government announcement expected earlier this spring. With reports circulating in the press as to the result of the over one-and-a-half year-long process, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes issued an update on progress whilst addressing the Westminster Media Forum Gambling …

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GambleAware to further leverage lived experience knowledge via Council formation

GambleAware has called for applicants to join its newly formed Lived Experience Council, as the charity looks to continue leveraging community engagement to inform its operations. The Council will consist of people with direct lived experience of gambling harm and those who are indirectly impacted by others’ gambling harm, with viewpoints used by both the wider GambleAware organisation and its …

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Swifty acquires UKGC-suspended bookmaker Goldchip

Sports betting firm Swifty Global has confirmed its acquisition of Goldchip, a UK-focused betting firm which recently landed in hot water with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Described by Swifty as a ‘particular compliance problem’, Goldchip’s licence was suspended by the UKGC last month after failure to meet licence conditions, as well as social responsibility and anti-money laundering shortcomings. Despite …

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BGC members to open 15,000 tech vacancies under ‘Levelling Up’ agenda

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has provided further details on its ‘Levelling Up’ plans for the next five years, as the standards body aims to assist with the UK’s post-COVID bounceback. Issuing an update this morning, the British betting and gaming trade association and standards body detailed that its members plan to generate 15,000 tech jobs over the next …

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BGC lauds industry for ‘driving higher standards’ with new safer gaming code

The UK’s three gaming sector trade associations have announced a new ‘Safer Game Design Code’ for land-based gaming machines.  Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), amusements representative Bacta and the Bingo Association have collaborated during the COVID-19 pandemic to design the code that will address risks in game design features. The cross sector initiative will ensure machines no …

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The RET levy debate – much needed reform or a ‘recipe for disaster’?

Reform advocates have been calling for the implementation of a mandatory levy for RET contributions – a further curveball for the government review of the UK gambling industry to address. The enforcement of a mandatory levy is backed by the Northern Gambling Clinic’s lead clinician Dr Matt Gaskell, the Social Market Foundation (SMF) thinktank and its Senior Fellow Dr James …

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W2 launches new affordability tool ahead of Gambling Act review expectations

Regulatory compliance services provider W2 has developed an ‘Affordability for Gambling Tool’, designed to have a minimal impact on the customer journey for betting firms.  Addressing an expected requirement for enhanced affordability as a result of the 2005 Gambling Act review, the company states its product has been built to create a ‘clear picture’ without being overly intrusive.  The tool …

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