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The Betting and Gaming Council introduces voluntary industry Code on Customer Checks

Standards body The Betting and Gaming Council has (WEDS) announced a new voluntary industry Code on Customer Checks which will raise standards, while reducing the need for requests for private financial documents. Developed jointly with the Gambling Commission and backed by Government, this Code will operate as a voluntary interim scheme – bringing consistency across…

UK – BGC urges government to honour commitments on financial checks

Standards body, the Betting and Gaming Council, has urged the British Government to honour its commitments on frictionless financial risk checks, following the announcement that a Parliamentary debate will be held on the issue. The Petitions Committee confirmed the debate will take place on February 26th after a petition on the measure, proposed in the Gambling…

UK – BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher to take over as Chairman from Brigid Simmonds

The Betting and Gaming Council, the standards body for the regulated UK betting and gaming industry has announced that Brigid Simmonds OBE, is to step down as Chairman on 20 April 2024. Following a meeting of the BGC’s Executive Committee, which represents members from across the sector, BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher will take over…

UK – BGC says National Lottery should pay into national NHS gambling harm levy

The Government has recently announced a consultation, seeking views on a new statutory levy on betting operators of all sizes, to make further changes to how the industry provides Research, Education and Treatment for problem gamblers and tackle gambling related harm. The Betting and Gaming Council has highlighted that the industry is already donating millions,…

UK – Safer Gambling Week sees 200,000 accounts set deposit limits

The number of british betting customers using safer gambling tools rocketed thanks to Safer Gambling Week, new figures released show. Analysis of last year’s successful campaign in October revealed around 200,000 accounts set deposit limits during this month, an increase of 12.5 per cent compared to the same month the year previous. Meanwhile, 61 per…

UK – BGC highlights huge numbers of bettors migrating to unregulated betting sites during World Cup

The number of UK punters visiting unregulated online black market gambling sites tripled during the World Cup, new research reveals. In December alone 250,000 people visisted unregulated, black market sites compared to around 80,000 during the same month the previous year, with a similar jump in November. Leading research team Yield Sec conducted the new…

UK – BGC asks for action as affordability checks hit revenues

Britain’s regulated betting and gaming sector has urged Government to publish a White Paper that delivers for business and punters, after a new study showed affordability checks are already hitting revenues. Research by EY for the Betting and Gaming Council confirmed the sector remained robust despite the pandemic and was now weathering the energy crisis…

UK – Betting and Gaming Council calls for urgent action to protect hospitality and leisure industries

Urgent action is needed to protect the hospitality and leisure sector from “catastrophic” energy price hikes, say the standards body representing the UK’s regulated betting and gaming industry. Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council, which represents 95 per cent of the UK’s regulated betting and gaming businesses, said bricks-and-mortar casinos and betting…

UK – Banning free bets risks pushing punters to black market whilst taking millions out of horseracing

A ban on promotions including so-called ‘free bets’ would push almost a third of British punters to the black market while sucking millions out of horse racing. Anti-gambling campaigners have demanded the Government introduce a complete ban of punter promotions in its upcoming reforms of the Gambling Act – despite a staggering 69 per cent…