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The launch of the Gambling Act review: how the industry has reacted

The launch of the Gambling Act review: how the industry has reacted

As the gambling industry wakes up to the announcement that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will be launching its review into the 2005 Gambling Act, the news has been largely welcomed by various different stakeholders from across the sector. The review, which is expected to result in the biggest reform of UK gambling laws since the …

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Nigel Railton comes under political fire over u-18 lottery ban

Camelot CEO Nigel Railton has been criticised for stating that it could take up to a year for the UK National Lottery operator to impose a nationwide under-18s ban on playing National Lottery products.   Speaking as part of a recent All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) session, Railton disclosed that there are a series of ‘logistical challenges’ to enforcing such a measure, …

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MP Philip Davies defends GVC contract against media backlash 

Conservative minister Philip Davies (MP for Shipley) has hit back at ‘inaccurate reporting’ by The Guardian which disclosed his paid work for GVC Holdings.  On Wednesday 11 November, the Guardian published a report revealing that Davies and fellow Tory minister Laurence Robertson (MP for Tewkesbury) had taken on consultancy jobs advising betting and gaming organisations. Citing Parliamentary disclosures, the Guardian …

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Swansea City partners with Big Step to launch gambling awareness programme

Gambling harm reduction charity, Big Step, has signed a deal with Swansea City FC in what has been described as a “trailblazing new partnership” for English football.  The football-focused gambling education programme, which is part of the ‘Gambling with Lives’ charity, will work with the Championship club to raise awareness of the risks of betting on sport and compulsive behaviours. …

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Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners starts the week by analysing the regulatory landscape in Sweden, and the APPG’s open letter to the UKGC on stake and prize limits. UK: in Parliament – Come in No3; your time is up There was a whiff of singed cotton about the politics of gambling this week as the Welsh firebrand, Carolyn Harris (Lab, …

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Swansea City drops gambling sponsor

Swansea City has become the latest team to drop a gambling company as its main sponsor, having confirmed that Swansea University will become the front-of-shirt sponsor. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. The university will feature on the front of the first-team’s new home and away shirts for the …

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Winning Post: Prohibitionists, government u-turns and parliamentary tittle-tattle

Regulus Partners kicks off the week by reviewing the much anticipated GRH APPG report released last week, and Parliament’s continued tittle-tattle on reviewing the rules related to online and TV advertising, as debate on UK gambling heats up this summer.   _________________ UK: politics – with liberals like these… who needs prohibitionists? It is a cliché of the age that expressions …

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BGC: GRG APPG approach will only serve the black market 

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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DCMS calls for further review into loot boxes

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to launch a call for evidence into loot boxes, which could see the video games feature reclassified as a gambling product.  Loot boxes have been a topic of controversy in recent years, with concerns raised over whether they encourage children and younger audiences to gamble.  Loot boxes are items embedded …

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Carolyn Harris – The BGC is no improvement for UK gambling… it just puts up walls! 

Day five’s morning session of the SBC Digital Summit concluded with the ‘Gambling in Society‘ panel, which focused on the ways gambling can ‘re-appraise its position’ to regain the trust of consumers, regulators, media and wider society. The ongoing global crisis has emphasised the need for gambling companies to re-establish their community bonds, as corporate conduct and social responsibility are …

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