Tag Archives: APPG

APPG calls for TV to end its daytime relationship with gambling 

Pressure is being placed on UK broadcasters to end the sponsorship of daytime TV programmes by gambling operators.  The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling-Related Harm (APPG) has revealed that it has written to the bosses of ITV and Channel 5 urging the broadcasters to end all daytime sponsorship promoting gambling. The APPG stated that it was deeply concerned that gambling …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Vital Statistics – Measuring the extent of gambling reforms required in the UK

As the well-known saying goes, “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics”. It was wrongly attributed to the nineteenth century UK Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, but that’s not going to stop me from using it as the starting point for this monthly round-up of UK gambling law and regulation. Fast forward 150 years from Disraeli’s time …

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Donoughue cuts ties with All-Party Betting & Gaming Group

The All-Party Betting & Gaming Group will no longer host independent seminars debating and analysing UK gambling industry policies after a decision was made to restrict the group’s activities.  Steve Donoughue, Group Secretariat, sent an email to members confirming the closure of the APPG following the appointment of Laurence Robertson, Conservative MP for Tewkesbury, as the group’s new Chair. The email …

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Ulrik Bengtsson: Government has a duty to protect gambling from black market threats 

William Hill CEO Ulrik Bengtsson has stood by today’s publication of the PWC report on black-market threats impacting the UK gambling sector.  Commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) with the support of William Hill and Entain Plc – PWC’s industry report will be presented to DCMS as evidence in the department’s ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. …

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Iain Duncan Smith: Radical change requires Gambling Commission to be axed

Senior Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has reiterated his call for the government ‘to get rid of the Gambling Commission altogether’, as DCMS begins its long-awaited review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Writing in Commons news source PoliticsHome, Duncan Smith stated that the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm had been the only committee to maintain pressure on the …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Affordability takes centre stage

In the Gambling Commission’s March 2018 Online Gambling Review, published very shortly after Neil McArthur took over as its Chief Executive, the view was expressed that “overall, progress by the online industry to minimise harm has been significantly slower than we expected and required”. That set in motion a chain of events that has reached its zenith in the last …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Gambling advertising moves to its next chapter

Not that long ago, gambling advertising was far from the highly controversial subject it has become in more recent times. Re-reading findings from 2014 research into “public perceptions of gambling advertising in the UK”, commissioned by the Advertising Standards Authority, makes me realise just how much both public sentiment and the regulatory mood have changed since then. Six years ago, …

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Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’

Facing key regulatory showdowns across the European markets of Spain, Sweden, Germany and the UK, Martin Lycka GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs tells industry leadership to buckle down for the stresses of a working summer…  _____________ COVID-19 has upended everything. Even the regulatory silly season is now at risk of being cancelled; that eagerly awaited period of slow news …

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Advertising Association moves against GRH APPG radical reforms 

The Advertising Association (AA) has rejected the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm’s (GRH APPG) demand for a blanket ban on gambling advertising. The GRH APPG blanket ban demand forms part of the parliamentary group’s ‘30 evidence-based recommendations’ published this morning – calling for an overhaul of UK gambling laws and its governing structures.  This afternoon, AA Chief Executive …

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BGC: GRG APPG approach will only serve the black market 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued an immediate response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm’s (GRH APPG) radical demand for an overhaul of UK gambling laws.  Yesterday, the cross-party group published ‘30 evidence-based recommendations’, calling for the government to overhaul Gambling Act laws, as well as a restructuring of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Publishing independent …

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