Tag Archives: UKGC

Industry should expect ‘No Rationale’ in quid pro quo tax game

Amid the hopes and expectations of the industry’s future, deliberated at the Betting on Sports 2018 conference, was the hard reality of the ‘UK Tax Hike’ on online gambling services awaiting industry leaders. “Its seems a long distance now, the days of Tessa Jowell, the former Minister of Culture, Media & Sports under Tony Blair, stating that the UK would …

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Tom Watson – Labour will eradicate debt-financed credit betting

Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson has warned the UK betting industry to expect tougher sanctions alongside further market restrictions, should Labour win the next UK General Election (scheduled for 2022). Speaking to the BBC, Tom Watson seeks to replicate the ‘whistle-to-whistle advertising ban’, introduced in Australia at the start of 2018, which prohibits all promotion of betting-related content during …

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Regulators unite to tackle video game skins and loot boxes

Global gambling regulators have joined forces in an attempt to address concerns over the “blurred lines between gambling and video games”. Also stressing issues regarding skins and loot boxes in such titles, fifteen gambling regulators from across Europe, in addition to the Washington State Gambling Commission, have signed an agreement to address the risks. A pledge to tackle “unlicensed third-party …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Who are you & how old are you?

We all knew it was coming. Back in March, the Gambling Commission published its “Review of Online Gambling”, expressing the clear opinion that “progress by the online industry to minimise harm has been significantly slower than we expected and required”. I wrote about it in my “No surprises from UKGC’s review of online gambling” article for SBC  that month. So …

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UKGC Health Survey details UK participation & risk-rates

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has today published its ‘combined Health Survey’, detailing data and insights provided by independent non-profit organisation – NatCen Social Research. The Health Survey focuses on three key research areas; gambling participation, at-risk and problem-gambling rates across the UK, with data gathered from public health records drawn during 2016. “The main aims and objectives of this …

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UKGC opens Manchester safety workshop programme for smaller operators

Updating the market, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is set to launch series of ‘Manchester workshops’ seeking to help ‘nationwide smaller licensed gambling operators’ improve responsibility, consumer safety and integrity standards. The workshops will be held at the Performance Spaces Central Library and will be further supported by Manchester City Council. The specialist programme will focus on ‘common compliance findings, tackling …

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Lyndsay Wright: William Hill – Unity & collaboration are key to beating problem gambling

Last July, William Hill governance launched its ‘Nobody Harmed by Gambling’ corporate initiative, outlining the industry’s biggest individual commitment to minimising gambling-related harms. Spearheading the FTSE betting group’s new social responsibility initiatives, Lyndsay Wright, Director of Strategy, Brand & IR details to SBC the significant operating and structural changes William Hill will undertake to fight problem-gambling on the front foot… …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – More of the same with yet more to come…

You’ve already read the headlines arising from the Gambling Commission’s 1 August response to its January 2018 consultation “Proposed changes to licence conditions and codes of practice linked to the fair and open licensing objective“. With effect from 31 October 2018 – just a matter of weeks away – changes to the Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) will mean that gambling …

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UKGC seeks bookmaker assistance for ‘product & environment’ research

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sanctioned new research exploring ‘whether some gambling products and environments are more harmful than others’. The study into gambling products and environments will be supervised by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and commissioned by industry charity GambleAware. The UKGC will seek to gather consumer information and data from industry stakeholders, focusing on understanding product …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Pointing to the next stage in the fight against gambling-related harm

  Last month I wrote about the latest effort by the UK Government to “drive action” across online gambling, gambling advertising, research, education and treatment of problem gambling and, more widely, the public health agenda with regard to gambling. Perhaps the industry’s most immediate major reaction to this has been the announcement by William Hill of a new corporate objective …

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