Tag Archives: UKGC

David Clifton: What does the future hold with a new UKGC CEO?

Licensing expert David Clifton, Director at ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy, tries to read the runes (or the many strategy documents) to discern what the new Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO has to deal with during his 18 month tenure. The last month has seen the arrival of a new, albeit ‘interim’, Chief Executive at the Gambling Commission. With an employment background of …

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DCMS approves licence fee hikes from 1 October

The UK government has confirmed that it will increase licence fee costs across all business verticals of the UK gambling sector, with increased fees to be enforced from 1 October.  The measure was announced by DCMS, publishing its response to a consultation launched on 29 January examining the funding structures of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Central to its assessment, …

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Martin Lycka: Gambling taxation with representation…

Martin Lycka, Entain Plc’s Senior Vice President of US Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gambling, comments on the thorny yet unavoidable issue of industry taxation and why operators may hiss at feeling short-changed… Jean Baptiste Colbert, the Sun King’s First Minister of State, once quipped that “the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest …

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UKGC appoints Andrew Rhodes as Interim CEO ahead of government probe

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed the appointment of Andrew Rhodes as its new Interim Chief Executive. Rhodes will replace Sarah Gardner as the acting CEO of the Commission. Gardner took leadership of the regulator following the abrupt departure of Neil McArthur last March in light of regulatory failings surrounding the high profile collapse of Football Index.  Updating stakeholders, …

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DCMS appoints Sheehan QC to lead regulatory review of Football Index

DCMS has confirmed that Malcolm Sheehan QC will lead its independent review into the collapse of BetIndex, the operating company of failed football trading platform Football Index.  Sheehan will conduct a review of the regulatory failings concerning Football Index’s collapse, which will be reported back to the government in its ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. The review will …

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Safer gaming figures remain stable as online gambling registers its Grand National bump

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its latest ‘impact report’ tracking online gambling behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic as the UK government eases National Lockdown orders. Tracking the month of April, the Commission recorded a total online gambling GGY of £560 million, up 3% on March’s corresponding results of £546 million.  April’s total GGY growth was attributed to ‘a …

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BT endorses Sisal next-generation bid to lead the National Lottery 

 Italian lottery operator Sisal has secured a major endorsement in its bid to win the UK National Lottery’s operating contract, as BT becomes its strategic telecoms partner. Maintaining the UK’s biggest customer base for home broadband and household telecom services, BT will serve as the ‘network partner’ of Sisal’s bid, working on ‘how to combine the best fixed and mobile …

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Using lived experience to shape Safer Gambling Training

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Safer Gambling Training (a programme created by charities YGAM and Betknowmore UK) kick starts its series of features for SBC examining the critical discipline of improving education for all industry stakeholders. Ben Davies, Head of Safer Gambling Partnerships at Betknowmore UK, explains why learning from lived experience can fundamentally change betting’s algorithmic approach to engaging in the deep nuances of …

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Gambling with Lives trials new support system for treatment of gambling disorders

Gambling with Lives has unveiled its new ‘treatment and support system’, designed by the lived experience of former victims of gambling harms working with health experts to tackle the deep complexities of gambling disorders. The support charity states that its organisation embarked on a new pathway design, acknowledging that victims of gambling had faced judgement and a lack of understanding …

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