Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

Betting industry’s sports contribution highlighted in BGC report

A recent report commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has focused on the financial contribution made by the industry to the UK’s sports sector and the wider economy. The study, conducted by Ernst & Young, highlighted the £40 million received by the English Football League (EFL) and its clubs from the industry, in addition to over £10 million …

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BGC highlights members’ zero-tolerance approach to underage gambling

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has produced a new animated video highlighting its members’ commitment and work to protecting under-18s from gambling.  The standards body states that its membership maintains a ‘zero-tolerance‘ on its approach to gambling by under-18s – in which the UK sector leads the way in safeguarding younger audiences from engaging with gambling services and advertising …

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BGC claims SMF economic report uses ‘fantasy figures’ on spend substitution

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

A report suggesting that the economy would be better off if fewer people spent money on gambling has been given the short shrift by the Betting and Gaming Council as the battle for parliamentary hearts and minds intensifies ahead of the review of the UK’s gambling laws. The report – entitled ‘Double or nothing? Assessing the economic impact of gambling‘ …

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BGC poll reveals public opposition to bet limits

An opinion poll commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has uncovered public opposition to government-mandated betting limits. The poll, conducted by YouGov, surveyed 1,683 adults from across the UK, finding that 51% were in opposition to the establishment of arbitrary bet limits by politicians, with 27% in favour. A second question also revealed that 59% of respondents agreed …

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BGC praises relief focused Budget

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has joined wider leisure and hospitality trade bodies in welcoming Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s COVID business support and economic measures.  This lunchtime’s Budget announcement saw the government extend its much-needed rates relief on highstreet retail and hospitality venues – a decision welcomed by the BGC on behalf of England’s betting shops. Also positively received was …

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John Whittingdale to oversee Gambling Act review

John Whittingdale to oversee Gambling Act review

John Whittingdale, Conservative MP for Maldon and Minister for Media and Data, will take charge of the 2005 Gambling Act review.  Taking over responsibility from Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, Whittingdale’s appointment has raised concerns among campaigners for gambling reform, with some citing the MP’s previous voting record on issues concerning the gambling industry. Speaking to the Guardian on the appointment, …

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BGC supports £6,000 per outlet ‘recovery grants’ but calls for further action

The UK government has announced that all non-essential services – including betting shops – will receive direct cash payments of £6,000 per site in ‘recovery grants.’ Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, made the announcement ahead of the confirmation of the country’s national Budget this coming Wednesday. As part of the plans, a grant scheme totalling £5 billion will be …

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BGC demands reopening guarantees and no tax rises ahead of crucial budget 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has joined wider UK industries in calling for the HM Treasury to extend business rates relief and help the economy emerge from lockdown.  UK business currently waits for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to present his spring statement on Wednesday 3 March, when he will announce the Budget proposals for 2021, outlining the fiscal measures and …

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BGC backs Grand National delay to give betting shops a reopening boost

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has backed the proposal to delay the Grand National until after 12 April to allow betting shops to take advantage of the event. Under the government’s current roadmap out of the UK’s ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, betting shops are due to reopen on 12 April, whilst the iconic horse race will take place on 10 …

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BGC calls for reopening of gambling industry after lockdown

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) insists that retail betting shops and casinos must be allowed to reopen when the UK begins to exit its most recent national lockdown. Over 44,000 people in the UK are employed in betting shops and casinos, and the BGC has argued that these businesses are prepared to support the post-lockdown economic recovery, and must …

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