Social Responsibility

Richard Graham calls for Government to introduce new gambling levy

Conservative MP Richard Graham has called upon the Government to implement a new gambling levy which he hopes would “speed up work on both prevention and cure.” Ahead of the release of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, Graham has urged the Government to report on whether or not a new levy would be possible. …

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Sky Bet’s Pete Wallis joins EPIC Risk Management

Independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management has continued to develop its growth strategy through the appointment of Pete Wallis. Joining the consultancy from Sky Betting and Gaming, Wallis will be tasked with facilitating the continued progress of the company. He will oversee the creation of initiatives which will identify and effectively intervene with customers experiencing gambling related harms …

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SportPesa launches ‘Coaches to Count On’ with Arsenal FC

Leading Kenyan market bookmaker SportPesa has launched its latest African football initiative ‘Coaches to Count On’ in partnership with Premier League football club Arsenal FC. The football directive will see SportPesa develop ‘football clinics’ across its core markets of Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, with Arsenal FC developing comprehensive training programmes for aspiring soccer coaches. The bookmaker has kicked off …

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Svenska Spel terminates all online casino advertising

Issuing a personal statement, Patrik Hofbauer – Chief Executive of Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel – has confirmed that from April 2019, Svenska Spel will terminate all forms of online casino advertising. Updating stakeholders, Hofbauer detailed that the decision to ‘stop online casino advertising across all media channels’ has been undertaken by Svenska Spel’s executive team following ‘intensive internal discussions’. The …

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Neil McArthur – UKGC backs Leeds Clinic to develop stronger community networks

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has visited the site of the commissioned ‘Leeds Gambling Support Clinic’, which is due to open this summer. Backed by the NHS Foundation and GamCare with a budget of £1 million per year, the clinic will be the first dedicated problem gambling support centre outside of London. In its mandate the …

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30,000 register with Swedish Spelpaus.se self-exclusion initiative

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Over 30,000 people have registered with the Swedish self-exclusion register, Spelpaus.se, as reported by the country’s national gambling regulator Spelinspektionen. Gambling operators within Sweden are obliged to integrate the Spelpaus.se service as part of their licence conditions, with those who fail to do so facing penalties and potentially having their licence revoked. Having been rolled out on 1 January, coinciding …

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bacta underlines responsibility commitment in updated charter & code

bacta – the trade association for UK amusement and gaming machine industry stakeholders has moved to update its social responsibility charter and code of practice. Seeking to develop its strongest responsibility code, starting this month bacta will demand that all its 490 members abide by ‘thirteen pledges’ on principals relating to player protections, staff training, premises maintenance and age verification. Supporting …

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RGSB begins new era as ‘Advisory Board for Safer Gambling – ABSG’

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), the policy and standards advisory unit for the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has rebranded as the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling – ABSG to reflect its deeper focus on safer gambling initiatives and protections. The independent advisory undertakes its rebrand as Dr Anna van der Gaag CBE begins her tenure as new chair, replacing long-term …

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Spain’s DGOJ launches new civic campaign on protection & integrity

Spanish gambling regulatory authority – la Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has released its new civic awareness campaign, warning national stakeholders of preventing under-age-gambling and potential sports corruption. The DGOJ campaign has been launched in partnership with Spain’s federal police force and ‘Central Citizen Unit’. Titled ‘Con el Deporte no se juega’ – ‘We don’t play with sports’, …

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William Hill US backs NJ Compulsive Gambling Council with $50,000 donation

William Hill US’ executive team has confirmed that it has donated $50,000 to the New Jersey Council of Compulsive Gambling, as the bookmaker expands its ‘Nobody Harmed’ corporate directive beyond UK shores. The NJ Council of Compulsive Gambling seeks to broaden its problem gambling treatment and awareness capacities, as the Garden State introduces its first sports betting premises. William Hill …

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