Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

Betting shops to reopen in tier 3 as casinos’ future remains uncertain

Betting shops have been given the green light to reopen their doors in tier three areas in England once the current national lockdown restrictions are eased. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the move as he set out details of how England will come out of the national lockdown from 3 December. The announcement has been welcomed by the Betting and …

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BHA chief urges government to keep betting shops open in Tier 3

BHA chief urges government to keep betting shops open in Tier 3

Nick Rust, CEO of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has called for the government to reopen betting shops once the current lockdown restrictions are eased, stating that there is ‘no evidence’ that betting shops have contributed to the spread of the virus. From 2 December, England is expected to return to a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. However, bookmakers have …

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BGC urges government to allow betting shops to reopen in Tier 3

Casinos and betting shops across England have offered to voluntarily introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions in order to be allowed to reopen in Tier Three areas once the current lockdown ends. Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), made a ‘direct plea’ to Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Matt Hancock, stating that venues ‘will go even further’ to …

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BGC: Safer gambling values are important ‘all year round’

BGC: Safer gambling values are important ‘all year round’

As the industry marks the beginning of Safer Gambling Week, Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has reaffirmed his belief that the betting sector is committed to promoting social responsibility ‘not for one week but all year around’. The event, which is now in its fourth year, is integral in kick starting the national conversation on …

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More than half of Scottish betting shops temporarily closed under Tier 4 measures

More than half of Scottish betting shops temporarily closed under Tier 4 measures

Approximately 500 betting shops are expected to close their doors in Scotland from Friday evening when a number of local authorities will enter ‘Level Four’ restrictions. Under the measures, all non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and all other hospitality across 11 authorities will be forced to close until 11 December as the government aims to suppress rising coronavirus cases. Announcing the …

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BGC highlights importance of gambling’s ‘symbiotic relationship’ with sports

BGC highlights importance of gambling’s ‘symbiotic relationship’ with sports

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has emphasised the financial support that the betting industry provides for UK sports which have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In a submission to a House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into ‘sport in our communities’, the BGC stressed that the likes of horseracing, snooker, football and rugby league have …

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Industry advocacy faces media and political backlash as Gambling Act review nears

Ahead of the government’s impending review of the 2005 Gambling Act, two Conservative MPs have accepted jobs with the gambling industry to advise on ‘responsible gambling and customer service’. The MPs roles and daily fees were revealed by parliamentary disclosure, reported by The Guardian, and criticised by opposition MPs as a ‘clear conflict of interest’. Laurence Robertson (MP for Tewkesbury) …

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BGC urges Westminster to follow Wales’ ‘science-led approach’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has shown its support for the ‘science-led approach’ taken by the Welsh government, which has allowed betting shops and casinos to reopen their doors following the country’s two week ‘fire break’ lockdown. As of yesterday, 360 betting shops and four casinos in Wales were given the green light to reopen their doors, with a …

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Bookmakers support racing with additional streaming and data fees

Bookmakers have agreed to offer a much-needed cash boost for horseracing during the second coronavirus lockdown, after confirming that they will pay additional fees on existing streaming and data deals until 2 December. The extra revenue from online operators will help racecourses to make up for some of the funding shortfall caused by the widespread closure of betting shops in …

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Nigel Huddleston and Neil McArthur back Safer Gambling Week 2020

Nigel Huddleston MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, and UK Gambling Commission Chief Executive, Neil McArthur, have committed to raising awareness of responsible gambling by backing this year’s Safer Gambling Week. Taking place from 19 -25 November, Safer Gambling Week 2020 is led by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), The Bingo Association (BA) and the British Amusement Catering …

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