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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast?

In last month’s “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, I talked about a possible link between erosion of parliamentarians’ trust in the Gambling Commission and erosion of the Commission’s trust in the gambling sector. Since then, more recent events have served to underline even more the extent to which trust in both the regulator and the regulated has so regrettably …

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Government denies casinos a July reopening

Casino venues remain in the lurch with regards to their future schedules, as the government denies them a July reopening. Yesterday afternoon, DCMS Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the government’s latest easing orders for leisure and hospitality businesses – a ‘significant lifting of lockdown restrictions for arts, entertainment and sport’. From this Saturday (11 July), England’s outdoor pools, sports pitches …

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Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform 

Lee Willows, Chief Executive of educational charity The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), said that the education sector must be further engaged in the regulatory makeup of the gambling sector.  Willows made his statement reflecting on the significant events of last week, following three separate industry oversight reports being published by the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG); …

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DCMS renews Stephen Cohen tenure as a UKGC commissioner

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has approved the re-election of Stephen Cohen as a Commissioner of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). This week, DCMS confirmed that Cohen’s tenure as UKGC commissioner would be extended for a further four years until November 2024.  Described as an expert in corporate finance, auditing and governance of …

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DCMS: UK gambling divided on COVID-19 business resilience

A business survey carried out by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has revealed that UK gambling firms have been divided in their response to Coronavirus restrictions, with only one-third of corresponding companies accessing government support. DCMS’ survey, entitled The Coronavirus Impact Business Survey, suggested that the majority of gambling companies were land-based, however the specific details of …

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Arcades denounce DCMS reclassification postponing June reopening  

DCMS has confirmed that operators of UK ‘adult gaming centres’ (AGCs) in England will not be allowed to reopen their venues as anticipated on Monday 15 June.  Listed as retail venues, UK arcades had been scheduled to reopen from the start of next week alongside betting shop counterparts, a decision previously communicated by the government on the weekend of 23 …

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BGC – Casinos ready to reopen from 4 July

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Communicating on behalf of its members, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has declared that England’s casinos will be ready to reopen and service the public safely from 4 July. As part of the government’s ‘stage 3’ arrangement of lockdown easings, hospitality and leisure businesses across England will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, providing that they adhere to …

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Government allows competitive sports to restart under strict commands

The UK government will allow domestic competitive sports to recommence from 1 June, as governing bodies are ordered to obey strict ‘stage three guidance’ ensuring athlete safety and venue hygiene requirements. This weekend, DCMS published its updated ‘Elite Sports’ guidance, outlining its proposed framework for the return of domestic sports competitions. The framework of safety requirements and protection measures has …

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BGC backs UK furlough extension as vital support 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has backed the government continuing its UK furlough scheme until October, branding it a much needed measure to help support around 64,000 of the industry’s workforce. Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged that the government would continue its business relief measures, in which a furlough scheme has been established to pay ‘80% of wages up …

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GVC backs UKGC’s safeguarding approach

GVC Holdings has backed the UK Gambling Commission‘s (UKGC) decision to enforce additional industry lockdown measures to protect vulnerable consumers. Yesterday, the UKGC published a series of immediate operator requirements on customer interventions, player monitoring, due diligence and affordability checks. The temporary requirements approved by the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) relate to concerns that UK consumers could …

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