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Sports Minister Tracey Crouch says bye to DCMS over FOBTs delay

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UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has resigned from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS), in relation to the government’s delay in implementing its £2 FOBTs stake reduction. Crouch had served as Sports Minister since 2015, leading the government’s relations with the UK betting and gambling sectors. Monday’s 2018 Budget announcement saw the Treasury confirm that it would implement …

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UK government to consider society lottery reform

Society Lotteries could be set for major reform, as the UK government embarks upon a consultation period relating to the amount of money that can be raised for good causes. Running for a period of ten weeks, and open to members of the public, a series of rises are to be considered, with the previous sales limit increase occurring in …

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Online taxes to rise as FOBT stakes slashed to £2 despite evidence

The government has rejected advice from the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and cut stakes on B2 Gaming Machines – FOBTs – down from £100 to £2. The announcement was made this morning by DCMS minister Tracey Crouch and could have wide repercussions for the retail betting industry, horseracing and online gaming operations. Both William Hill CEO Philip …

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UKGC mulls credit betting restrictions

UK gambling policy stakeholders are considering banning or severely restricting betting transactions undertaken through credit verticals, in a move to protect national gambling consumers. The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is reported to be considering drastic actions on limiting credit cards with a view to reducing ‘the risk that consumers will gamble more than they can afford’. “We will consider prohibiting …

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UKGC outlines plans to further safeguard minors from gambling

The Gambling Commission has outlined fresh plans to make gambling online in Britain safer, undertaking an overhaul to gambling marketing whilst also delivering a fresh approach to age verification.  A key focus of the new plans involves further protecting children from potentially being exposed to gambling, by banning operators from providing free-to-play demo games until a consumer’s age has been …

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Matt Hancock leads DCMS in critical year for UK gambling sector

West Suffolk MP, Matt Hancock has been promoted to Secretary of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following yesterday’s Conservative government cabinet reshuffle. Hancock (39), has served DCMS as Minister of Digital & Culture since 2016 and will replace Karen Bradley as leader of the department overseeing UK media and culture; standards, promotions, regulatory policies and social practices. In its …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Last chance saloon

In all my 35 years advising the UK’s gambling industry I can think of no time when it has been so besieged with adverse criticism from the Government, the Parliamentary Opposition, regulators, the media and the general public alike.  Clearly opinions on gambling (whether justified, exaggerated or prejudiced) expressed in the media heavily influence public opinion. The opinions expressed by …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Death knell sounded for FOBTs?

On 31 October, Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch announced the launch of a 12-week consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures that will run until 23 January 2018. The consultation covers Government proposals relating to: maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 (including a reduction in the maximum stakes …

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MPs emphasise the importance of the DCMS review on the horse racing industry

This week’s long awaited triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes not only led to a 12 week consultation period, but also incited an incredibly heated debate in Parliament on Tuesday. As part of the debate, the case was made for how future regulations on terminals could have implications on the horse racing industry, both co-chairs of the all-party …

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DCMS confirms FOBT stake cut and demands enhanced player protection

Updating the market this morning, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has opened a ’12-week consultation period for proposals on ‘changes to gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the UK gambling sector’. The three Parliamentary Secretaries leading the government’s triennial industry review; Karen Bradley (Head of DCMS), Tracey Crouch (UK Sports Minister) and Lord Ashton …

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