Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

BGC slams ‘illogical’ North East casino curfew

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has slammed the further lockdown imposed on North East England, stating that the restrictions will ‘inevitably lead to job losses in the casino sector’. Following a recent surge in coronavirus cases across the region, health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the enforcement of a ‘regional lockdown’, which will see leisure and entertainment venues, such as …

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BGC: Government must do more to support retail

The Betting and Gaming Council has called upon politicians to ‘leave no stone unturned’ when supporting high street shops, urging the Communities and Local Government Select Committee to prioritise the needs of the retail betting industry as part of its inquiry. Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chairman of the BGC, explained that due to restrictions on non-essential retail during the pandemic, betting …

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BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban

The Betting and Gaming Council has praised the ‘success of the whistle to whistle ban’ after data has shown a significant reduction in the number of TV gambling ads seen by children Research carried out by Enders Analysis found that during the whistle to whistle period, the number of betting ads seen by children fell by 97%. Under the ban, …

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BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to safeguard the future of London’s high-end casinos by modernising current payment regulations, including an amendment to section 81 of the Gambling Act 2005 to change ‘outdated legislation’. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. The BGC highlighted the …

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BGC: Industry is ‘not out of the woods’ as English casinos reopen

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the ‘belated good news’ that casinos in England will be able to reopen from tomorrow, but warned that the next few months will be ‘crucial to their recovery’. Casinos in England were initially scheduled to reopen on 1 August, but a ‘last minute u-turn’ by the government postponed such plans, which the …

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BGC: Casino and nightclub comparison ‘neither true, nor fair’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at suggestions that casinos were similar to night clubs in terms of spreading coronavirus. During a Facebook Live session, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford likened casinos to nightclubs in risk profile, claiming that there was an ‘additional risk of coronavirus spreading’. Responding to questions on potential casinos reopening, Drakeford said: “We …

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BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has demanded that the government extend its furlough scheme for casino employees, mitigating the impact of its decision to postpone the reopening of England’s casino venues this August.   Claiming that the maintained closure of casinos risks the UK ‘permanently losing part of its rich tourism and entertainment heritage’, the BGC pointed out that the …

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BGC dismisses ‘arbitrary’ deposit limits in SMF report

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at proposals made by The Social Market Foundation (SMF) which called for new caps on player deposits. The report by the cross-party think-tank claimed that it is ‘inevitable that gamblers will sometimes spend more than they can afford’. In response to the report which was presented to MPs, the BGC highlighted …

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BGC slams decision to delay reopening of casinos

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has lambasted the government for reversing it’s plans to allow casino operators to reopen on 1 August, claiming that the decision will result in the permanent loss of ‘up to 6,000 jobs’. The industry standards body claimed that the ‘wrecking ball’ decision could cause permanent damage to the sector, which the BGC emphasised should …

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BGC welcomes decision to reopen Scottish casinos

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the decision made by the Scottish Government to reopen casinos and bingo halls from 24 August. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the latest easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown in a statement to the Scottish Parliament, confirming that betting shops will be permitted to switch their gaming machines back on from the …

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