Taking responsibility: BGC re-pledges on safety measures amidst second lockdown

Betting & Gaming Council Michael Dugher
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The Betting & Gaming Council said that its membership hadn’t hesitated in stepping up to the plate with respect to player protection as the latest lockdown came into effect.


The Betting & Gaming Council have re-affirmed their ten-pledge Covid action plan to protect staff and customers as the second national lockdown in England gets well underway.

The trade body initially unveiled the pledges, which set out the standards expected of Betting & Gaming Council members, at the time of the UK-wide lockdown in March.

It followed general concerns that the closure of betting shops and casinos could lead to a rise in problem gambling online.

Betting & Gaming Council members have once again signed up to the ten pledges, which include an increase in safer gambling messages, the active promotion of deposit limits and welfare checks for staff.

This is in addition to the operators’ existing pledge that at least 20 per cent of TV and radio advertisements should be safer gambling messages, which follows on the back of the whistle to whistle ban on TV betting ads during live sports broadcasts, as well as action already taken to further prevent under-18s from seeing betting adverts online.

BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “Our members did not hesitate to sign up to our ten-pledge action plan in March and I am delighted that they have done so again as we, regrettably, go back into some form of lockdown, admittedly with far fewer restrictions this time.”

“Nothing is more important than the safety and welfare of our staff and customers, and these pledges make very clear the standards expected of our members in the coming weeks,” he added. “This is further evidence of our commitment, ahead of the government’s review, to driving up standards across our industry, as well as our members’ strong support to supporting the national effort to defeat Covid-19.”

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