Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council

UKGC alters digital oversight following Football Index investigation

In response to an investigation into the collapse of BetIndex, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that it will make changes to its regulatory oversight of digital gambling products. The Independent Review highlighted a number of areas for improvement from both the UKGC and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In response to the review’s recommendations, the UKGC has introduced …

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BGC backs government on July’s full easing of hospitality orders 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the government’s decision to move the UK into the final phase of lockdown.  Last night, PM Boris Johnson confirmed that the government would maintain its timetable and end ‘almost all’ COVID-19 social and business restrictions from Monday 19 July. Despite the UK recording +70,000 cases of the Delta Variant, PM Johnson stated …

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GBGB offsets lockdown impacts to deliver ‘high standards’ of welfare

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has reported on the ‘continued success’ of its commitment to delivering ‘the highest standards of welfare’ despite the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown. Meeting the eight pledges of the Greyhound Commitment, the GBGB has launched a range of initiatives including the Greyhound Retirement Scheme, the publication of a Code of Practice for residential …

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BGC announces 2021 Safer Gambling Week

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced the date for 2021 Safer Gambling Week, due to take place between 1 November and 7 November, in cooperation with the Bingo Association and Bacta. Since its inception in 2017, the annual campaign has seen the betting and gaming industry collaborate on several safer gambling messages via online and land-based venues, to …

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UKGC under assessment in government Football Index review

The UK government has announced an official independent review into the collapse of Football Index, which will further include an assessment of the UK Gambling Commission‘s (UKGC) regulatory actions. An ‘independent expert’ will participate in the investigation into the demise of Football Index, which operated as a trading platform where users could purchase ‘shares’ in active professional footballers, receiving payments based …

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Grand National maintains dates against betting’s reopening interests 

The Jockey Club has confirmed that the Randox Grand National will maintain its schedule of 8-10 April despite the UK betting sector’s appeal for a change of dates to support the reopening of England’s betting shops on 12 April. Led by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), UK operators had urged the Jockey Club – owner of Aintree Racecourse – …

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GamCare and YGAM exceed first year educational targets

Prominent responsible gambling charities YGAM and GamCare have exceeded the first year targets for the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme. The joint initiative – supported by the Betting and Gaming Council – has been launched in all regions of England and Wales and has expanded education and support services for young people in Northern Ireland, whilst both organisations work …

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BGC praises results of COVID action plan 

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Since the launch of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) ‘COVID action plan’, the industry’s unified trade body states that the number of safer gambling messages displayed on gambling sites ‘has more than doubled in just six months’. The 10-pledge plan was initially unveiled at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March and set out the new standards …

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

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

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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ASA ‘underage sweep’ sees marked improvement in gambling advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has revealed a drastic improvement in gambling-related adverts being restricted to underage audiences after the watchdog published the results of its ‘second online marketing sweep’. Continuing its year-long project, the ASA noted that inappropriately placed online betting and gambling adverts had ‘reduced significantly, from 70 ads in the first sweep to 5 ads in the …

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