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UK Government following French lead for racing funding changes

The UK Government will be applying for State Aid exemption to extend the horseracing betting levy to online bookmakers. The plans, revealed in today’s budget, show that rather than replacing the Levy Scheme, the DCMS is to attempt to alter it, following the line ploughed by the French authorities to introduce betting rights to sports. In a document responding to …

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New horseracing funding scheme will need to be fair to bookmakers as well

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has welcomed the Government’s decision to introduce a new funding system for horseracing, but warned that any new development should not be taken in isolation from other issues. This morning, during a debate in the House of Commons, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced that the Government plans to introduce a new system which will …

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Industry told to up its game with Responsible Gambling Trust funding

Tracey Crouch MP, the Minister for Sport, has warned the gambling industry that ‘goodwill alone’ ‎would not be enough to minimise gambling-related harm. Speaking at the Responsible Gambling Trust‘s third annual harm minimisation conference at the King’s Fund, London, Crouch paid tribute to the good work of both RGT and the gambling industry in working in conjunction with the government. …

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UKGC pushes for fee amendments

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is planning to advise the government to amend the current fees regulations, in order to take account of the significant changes in the population of operators that it regulates and to address identified problems in the current fees structure. The UKGC  is therefore developing its advice to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The commission …

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Gambling industry tightens advertising code

The gambling industry has tightened up its advertising code in an effort to strengthen its social responsibility performance. These changes follow work undertaken by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) as part of a wider review commissioned in 2014 by the then Secretary of State at DCMS into all aspects of gambling advertising. The improvements to be made include: …

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Culture Secretary appoints new Gambling Commissioners

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has appointed three new Gambling Commissioners to the regulator’s 10-strong board.  Alison Hastings and Trevor Pearce CBE have both been given 4 year terms, while Jonathan Scott has been given 5 years. Alison Hastings is a Non-executive Director and Vice President of the British Board of Film Classification, a Press Complaints Commissioner, a Non-executive Director of …

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Dan Waugh – Regulus Partners – Time to think outside the box

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm It may seem strange to suggest it now at a time when gambling is once again at the centre of a fairly major public policy debate – but there may come a time when even the Daily Mail recalls with misty eyes a time when gambling was part of the fabric of …

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Responsible Gambling Trust clarifies FOBT claims

The Responsible Gambling Trust has been moved to write to government whip Lord Gardiner of Kimble to clarify comments made by the peer during the recent debate on FOBTs in the House of Lords. During the debate, Gardiner had claimed that: “The Responsible Gambling Trust has said that in its view it is, ‘overtly naïve and massively premature’, to suggest …

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DCMS to publish UK gambling advertising results following leaked cabinet correspondence

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will speed up the publishing of its results into the review it conducted into UK gambling advertising. The DCMS faced criticism from senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander who had raised concerns regarding UK public and consumer exposure to gambling advertisement. UK newspaper the Daily Mail published leaked cabinet correspondence between Alexander and …

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FOBT research claims it is possible to ‘distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour’

The Responsible Gambling Trust has published what it describes as ‘world-leading and independently conducted research’ into gaming machines in licensed betting offices that shows it is possible to distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour. The programme of research was commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust to build the knowledge base available to identify harmful machine play and to understand …

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