Tag Archives: social responsibility

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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William Hill cites tax increases for £21m drop in profits

William Hill CEO James Henderson has described the past six months as a period of ‘significant regulatory and taxation change for the industry’ as the bookmaker reported a 30% drop in profits after tax to £69.5m. Despite group net revenue marginally growing, even against 2014 World Cup comparatives, operating profit dropped 12% to £155.7m for the first half. Group net …

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GamCare releases dates for social responsibility training

Problem gambling organisation GamCare is offering new dates for its one day training course Social responsibility & problem gambling awareness. The course is designed for those working within the betting and gaming industry, and aims to give staff an understanding of social responsibility and interaction with players, raising awareness of problem gambling and signposting to support. GameCare said that all …

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Government branded ‘bunch of tossers’ over machine regulations

Ahead of a General Election in which none of the parties have garnered popular support, Lord David Lispey has perhaps captured the mood of the nation by branding the Government ‘tossers’. Lord Lipsey has called the Government ‘a bunch of tossers’ for not implementing the Gaming Machine (Circumstances of Use) (Amendment) Regulations – which requires anyone playing with stakes above …

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RGT tenders for remote problem gambling research

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has issued an invitation to tender for a new programme of research into remote gambling behaviour. The programme provides total funding for relevant research projects of up to £500,000 to be delivered over a period of 18 months. The Responsible Gambling Trust is an independent national charity funded by donations from the gambling industry, and …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert -Strengthening social responsibility too strongly for some?

Readers will recall that greater protection for British consumers was the prime reason the Government introduced last year’s new legislation requiring all overseas online gambling operators wishing to transact with, or advertise to, British customers to obtain an operating licence from the Gambling Commission. In addition, by 31 March 2015, operators licensed in Great Britain must source their gambling software …

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Problem gambling debate can be ‘overly complicated’

Dirk Hansen, CEO of charity GamCare, has said that debate around problem gambling can be ‘overly complicated’. In an interview in February’s Betting Business interactive, Hansen said that the problem gambling charity treads carefully on the issue. When asked if he agreed with the contention that a rational debate on problem gambling is increasingly rare. Is this your experience, Hansen …

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Two year deadline for self-exclusion register

Online bookmakers have been given until 2017 to help develop a national self-exclusion scheme by the UK Gambling Commission in a series of measures aimed at tightening up standards around the gambling industry’s social responsibility. The latest update to the Commission’s Licence Conditions & Codes of Practice (LCCP), which are essentially the meat to the skeletal structure of the 2005 …

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Bookmakers launch GambleAware week

The UK’s high street betting shops have officially launched GambleAware Week as part of their ongoing commitment to promote responsible gambling. The week is designed to educate customers about the tools available to help them stay in control and includes measures to increase the number of players setting voluntary limits on gaming machines. It coincides with the launch of new …

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Limiting FOBT stakes not the answer to problem gambling

One of the key partners on the recently published research on FOBTs has said that limiting the size of stakes is not the way to deal with problem gambling issues. Featurespace, the Cambridge-based technology firm commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust to conduct the most thorough investigation into problem gambling yet undertaken, analysed almost seven billion interactions between gambling customers …

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