Social Responsibility

Lords Committee calls for ‘reliable facts’ on gambling habits & impacts

Supporting UK regulatory policy and oversight, the House of Lords Select Committee researching the ‘social and economic impacts of the gambling industry’ has sanctioned a ‘call-for-evidence’ from industry-wide stakeholders. The Committee seeks to gain research insights and reliable facts on factors related to the gambling sector and its relationship with individuals affected by gambling disorders. Updating stakeholders, the Committee details …

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BetBlocker develops mobile feature to block gambling sites

Launching a new subscription-free service, BetBlocker has developed a new mobile feature which allows punters to restrict gambling-related apps on Android devices and desktops.  The tool comes as a new bid to support punters that have experienced gambling related harm. Users are able to restrict their devices from accessing over 5,900 gambling operator websites, and over 1,000 mobile applications.  Manager …

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Jeremy Wright – ‘This is not the end of the conversation on problem gambling’

Addressing the House of Commons this afternoon, Jeremy Wright – UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – said that the government is still reviewing the option of introducing a ‘mandatory levy’ to help national health stakeholders raise funds and resources for tackling problem gambling harms. Wright has acknowledged the ‘commitment of increased funding’ pledged this morning by leading …

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UK Top 5 commits to ‘clear responsibilities’ on problem gambling support

Advancing UK betting’s social responsibility agenda, bet365, William Hill, Flutter Entertainment, Sky Betting & Gaming and GVC Holdings have this morning committed to a ‘package of safer gambling measures and support for problem gamblers’. The ‘UK Top 5’ directive follows discussions with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on social and safer gambling responsibilities. The package of …

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Betsson Spain sponsors After Brunch Pride Party

Betsson AB’s Spanish online gambling property Betsson.es has partnered with Madrid-based live music, youth culture and entertainment group After Brunch, becoming a lead sponsor of the upcoming ‘After Brunch Pride Party’. Hosted this Sunday 7 July, the After Brunch Pride Party is considered one of the major festive events of Madrid Pride, taking place at the City’s ‘Ventas Bull Ring’ …

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NSW invests in new responsible gambling initiatives

The New South Wales (NSW) Office of Responsible Gambling has taken a number of steps into developing new responsible gambling initiatives, after investing AU$1.3m (£715,712) into player protection measures. The initiatives will include a new website, developed by the University of Sydney Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, which will give punters the chance to self-exclude from gambling venues across the state.  …

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Bacta launches campaign to ‘re-energise British seaside communities’

Bacta, the trade association for the UK amusement/arcade sector, has launched its ‘Siding with the Seaside’ campaign to ‘re-energise Britain’s coastal communities, who in recent years have faced increasingly challenging economic conditions’. The campaign sees Bacta champion coastal communities, by driving greater awareness of the unique business and economic challenges faced by British coastal towns. Bacta governance highlights that at …

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Tom Watson – ‘Cultural change’ is key to gaining a purposeful gambling industry

Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson has published the full transcript of his speech on gambling reforms delivered yesterday to UK ‘cross-party’ thinktank DEMOS. In his opening statement, Watson outlines his belief that the UK gambling sector’s defence of FOBTs machines through ‘unacceptable lobbying’ has seen its incumbents ‘fall beyond public accountability’. Watson states that any future Labour government ‘must …

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SABA South Africa joins All-in Diversity ranks

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The Association of South African Bookmakers (SABA) has committed its support to the industry workplace diversity, inclusion and equality initiatives of the All-in Diversity Project (AIDP). Representing South Africa’s biggest corporate and independent bookmakers, SABA confirms that it has become a strategic partner of AIDP, promoting workplace ‘honourable practices’ to its members and industry. ‘The SABA is not just our …

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The Stars Group deepens Right to Play commitment

Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has confirmed that it will extend its partnership with global charity partner ‘Right to Play’ for a further two years, aiming to raise £1 million to help provide education for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Founded in 2000 by Norwegian speed skating Olympian Johann Olav Koss, Right to Play is an international …

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