Tag Archives: Matt Hancock

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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Jason Shiers, UKAT – Progress on problem gambling requires a deeper consciousness

Certified psychotherapist on addiction and mental health, Jason Shiers states that a change in the levels of consciousness is required to effectively tackle problem gambling as debate, discussion and research have been staggered by easy narratives.   ______________________ It is clear from the latest report from the House of Lords that a lot of time and effort has been spent considering …

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UK government backs £100m RET commitment from ‘big four’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new era for responsible gambling as the UK’s four leading operators have pledged to spend £100 million on improving treatment support services. The £100 million funding, which is backed by bet365, Flutter Entertainment, GVC Holdings and William Hill, will be issued to GambleAware who will be the main commissioning agent for …

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BHA cautious on racing resumption date amid mid-May rumours

Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has emphasised that it will take ‘every possible step’ to ensure a safe return for racing before naming a date for resumption. The sport has been suspended since 17 March, however there has been speculation that the sport could restart on 15 May. Speaking to Sky Sports Racing, Wayman …

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Matt Hancock publicly defends Cheltenham Festival decision

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has publicly defended the decision to allow Cheltenham Festival to take place, reiterating that the government ‘took the right measures at the right time’. Speaking on a phone-in on LBC Radio, Hancock was asked by a Cheltenham resident whether the festival should have taken place and whether the government would be committing to a future inquiry …

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Premier League players raise funds for NHS with #PlayersTogether initiative

Premier League players have joined forces to raise funds for the National Health Service (NHS) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Players including Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford have come together as part of an initiative called #PlayersTogether which has partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT). A statement from the group said: “Over the course of the last week …

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Winning Post – Turbulence ahead for The Netherlands?

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners examines a week full of regulatory warnings in the Netherlands, further political disruption in the UK, and gaming reform in Ireland. Netherlands: online regulation – orange warning signals? The implementation of the Netherlands Remote Gaming Act faced more parliamentary scrutiny this week, with a theme of questioning from the Justice and Security Committee being ensuring …

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GambleAware & NHS open Leeds support & treatment clinic

Today NHS England and GambleAware significantly expand UK problem gambling support networks, opening the ‘NHS Northern Gambling Service’ facility in Leeds. A key 2019 UK health directive, the problem-gambling support, treatment and research clinic will be run by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) working in partnership with GamCare networks. The Leeds clinic is the first gambling-support centre to …

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Government commits to opening further clinics to tackle problem gambling

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to address compulsive gambling as part of a £20.5bn NHS shake-up. The proposed treatment centres will provide access to mental health services for the 500,000 adults and young people with gambling problems. There is currently only one clinic that specialises in treatment for compulsive gamblers in the UK, which is insufficient for …

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Winning Post – Why time is of the essence for UK Parliament

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column. UK: Regulation – Where’s the Harm? The publication this week of Britain’s first reporting framework for gambling-related harm offered a glimpse of future public policy debates – and set out a number …

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