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Mims Davies named Minister for Sport and Civil Society

DCMS plaque Mims Davies appointed
Prime Minister Theresa May has moved to replace Tracey Crouch after she dramatically quit as sports minister last week in protest over delays in bringing in reductions to maximum stakes on FOBTs. Mims Davies, 43, is..

Suffolk pub claims to be first to go cashless

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The operator of The Boot in Freston, near Ipswich has claimed to be the first in the country to go completely cashless. Whilst the growth of card and contactless payments has been undeniable in recent years it did appear that the pub sector was loth to go all in on the form. This news coming out of Suffolk however may signal...

Coo-Coo- Ca-choo, Mrs Linneweber

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Taking a trip back to the source, Sam Spencer argues that the latest news from the Linneweber VAT disputes can’t possibly affect the DCMS’ decision on when to cut FOBT stakes for the sake of problem gamblers. Can it? It all began in Bavarian bars at the turn of the millennia where Mrs Edith Linneweber was left in charge of...

Revolving door politics

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The industry has a new Secretary of State - 26 weeks after welcoming the last one. So, asks Olly Gully, is this what the government meant by ‘strong stable leadership’? You wait ages for a bus and then three come along at the same time. The first was so slow and stuttery it took over half a decade for it to...

Hannibal: DCMS must reconsider debit card prohibition

Peter Hannibal DCMS
“If the Daily Mail article has any substance the news will serve to accelerate the migration of commerce from cash to digital cash and gaming machines will in turn get marginalised to a greater degree than they are currently. The Gambling Business Group is calling on the DCMS to reconsider the ill-judged dismissal of the request for the removal...

Chasing rabbits

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As the Gambling Commission takes aim at Cat D, Sam Spencer mixes his metaphors to suggest the regulator is wasting energy on chasing rabbits, while allowing wolves to prowl. When the DCMS suggested Bacta must provide potential player protection measures on Cat D to allow stakes and prizes to be increased,the industry was setaback. Quite simply,there has never been any evidence,...

“Competition is good”: Operators anticipate LBO entrance to AGC market

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With the maximum stake on FOBTs set to be cut to £2, high-street operators are anticipating the arrival of LBOs on the AGC sector’s shores. But is this potential invasion a threat, or just healthy competition? Operators on Britain’s high streets are anticipating the arrival of LBOs in the AGC market following the DCMS’ decision to reduce the maximum stake...

Cat C and D stuck at status quo as B3 remains under review

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In line with expectations following a disappointing consultation document last year, the DCMS has decided not to change stakes and prizes on Cat C, D, B3A/B4 and B3, with the latter remaining under review for additional player protection measures. Cat C, D, B3A/B4 and B3 will remain at their current level of stakes and prizes following a disappointing but expected...

Industry must persuade Commission on cashless

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Despite no movement on cashless and contact- less payments in the Triennial Review, the DCMS has encouraged the industry to continue its engagement with the Gambling Commission. “There appears to be continued industry wide support for the introduction of contactless payments, especially given the potential for corresponding player protection measures that could be introduced alongside this form of payment,” the...

Brexit and the tourism industry: DCMS tackle questions of support

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Despite a boost to Britain’s tourism statistics after the 2016 referendum, long term challenges remain for the industry. Last week, politicians from across the country asked the DCMS’ Michael Ellis how he would support tourism through Brexit and beyond. MPs from across the political spectrum convened in the house of commons two weeks ago to discuss the potential impact of...

Gambling Business Group urges DCMS to act

Peter Hannibal DCMS
Peter Hannibal, chief executive of the cross sector strategic body, the Gambling Business Group, has called on the government to create a new organisation dedicated to the regulation of time loot boxes and skins...

Kelly: A diverse industry needs dedicated support

Paul Kelly Balppa
The diligent work of the UK leisure market can often go overlooked according to Paul Kelly, BALPPA chief executive. However, with Brexit on the horizon and the market seeing a raft of new entrants, the time is now for the government to stand up and offer the sector its full support.   Whilst the UK leisure industry is undergoing a period...

GBG host UK government department at ICE

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Peter Hannibal, CEO of the influential cross-sector, Gambling Business Group (GBG), has described the introduction of the Consumer Protection Zone at ICE London, as a much needed and powerful initiative.   Speaking in the week following ICE London, he said: "I would like to congratulate Clarion Gaming’s Managing Director Kate Chambers and her team for putting on yet another fantastic edition...

ALMR calls for machine boost for pub sector

ALMR Pub stakes
In its submission to the DCMS consultation, the ALMR has asked the government to increase the automatic entitlement of machines and allow contactless payment, as well as urging an upward review of Cat C stakes and prizes.   The ALMR has called on the government to provide “a much needed revamp” to gaming machines in pubs, both from a social and...

DCMS set to cut FOBT stakes to £2

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  According to a report in The Sunday Times, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is set to announce a £2 maximum stake on FOBTs spearheaded by culture secretary Matthew Hancock.   In the weekend before the final Triennial consultation deadline day, an “ally” of DCMS culture secretary Matt Hancock has stated that FOBT maximum stakes are set to...

Cost of £2 stake to bookmakers lower than claimed

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The cost of a clampdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is being exaggerated, new independent research suggests.   Analysis from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), commissioned by Bacta, the trade association representing the UK amusements sector, shows that the economic impact on bookmakers of lower FOBT stakes could be significantly less than existing estimates have suggested. Its model projects...

New DCMS leader appointed weeks before final FOBT decision

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Following a cabinet reshuffle on 8 January, Matt Hancock will be the Secretary of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - the man that decides the fate of the UK’s high-street gaming landscape.   Matt Hancock, the MP for West Suffolk, has been promoted to Secretary of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following Monday’s government cabinet reshuffle, and will take the...

Government advised to give ‘under appreciated’ tourism industry new department

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BHA chairman Nick Varney has called on the new government to take tourism more seriously. British Hospitality Association chairman Nick Varney has advised the new government to move responsibility for the promotion of UK tourism to a new department. Speaking at the BHA Summit in London last week, Varney said that under the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where it...

Gambling Business Group welcome continuity in the DCMS and calls to get triennial ‘back on track’

Nick Harding, Chairman of the Gambling Business Group, has welcomed confirmation that Karen Bradley and Tracey Crouch will continue in their previous roles at the Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and has called for there to be an urgent meeting involving the industry and the Department in order to get the triennial process back on track. "I’m delighted...

Whittingdale warns ABB over possible FOBT stake cuts

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Former head of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), John Whittingdale, has warned the betting industry to expect bad news on B2s.   The former front bencher, who was often thought to be in favour of the divisive machines, and appeared to take very little action to limit their existence, issued the warning as he spoke directly to the...

Bacta looking ahead to a co-operative and impactful year

Coinslot John White Bacta
With a wild 2016 in the books, the industry enters a pivotal year and with chief executive John White at the helm, Bacta are looking ahead to a co-operative and impactful year. There’s little denying that 2016 was a tumultuous year for world politics and although we had to wait until its final few months for coin-op to get its...

Comment: Answering the question – Bacta’s report into FOBT stakes

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It seems to Joseph Ewens that bacta’s new report into FOBT stakes might provide the much sought after tipping point in the governments pivotal review. We shall see, once the Triennial deadline passes, what the various submissions to the DCMS have been and how convincing the evidence they lay out is likely to be. But having been at Parliament this...

Groundbreaking report backs lowering FOBT stakes ahead of Triennial Review

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An independent report into the effects of lowering FOBT stakes has, for the first time, created a compelling body of evidence to put before the DCMS, just ahead of the Triennial Review deadline. A potentially pivotal report has been published in the battle for a level playing field on the high street, examining what effects radically lowering the stakes of...

BBC report attacks B3 gaming machines

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The BBC has launched an alarming attack on gaming machines in bingo halls. A report for the Victoria Derbyshire programme, also hosted on the BBC News website, alleges that B3 machines are the cause of social harm, quoting two gambling addicts who claim to have been affected by them. The article complains that machines are often placed in a location...

Crouch under fire in parliament as MPs press for Triennial update

Coinslot Crouch Triennial Review
With the Triennial Review under the limelight in Westminster, MPs round on the DCMS under secretary, and each other, in a chaotic debate over stakes and prizes. The under secretary of state for Culture Media and Sport fielded a series of slings in a short parliamentary debate on Friday, as MPs of all colours grappled with the triennial’s technicalities. Tracey Crouch,...

Gambling Business Group urges empirical approach to Triennial

Coinslot Peter Hannibal Triennial
Peter Hannibal, CEO of the Gambling Business Group, the strategic body whose members account for close to 70% of Gross Gaming Yield, believes the industry has a 'golden opportunity’ to present a robust and empirically based case, following the call for evidence by DCMS Under-Secretary, Tracey Crouch. In a statement, issued to gambling media, Peter Hannibal said: “Whilst the Triennial...

Richard Sheldon – Give B3 the opportunity to compete

Coinslot Richard Sheldon B3
Storm Gaming CEO Richard Sheldon reveals his forthright views on the need to bolster stakes across all fronts for AWP machines, with particular attention needing to be paid to the already popular B3 category. While Theresa May makes headlines with her Brexit comments, the industry is more directly concerned with whether she will follow through on rumours of a triennial...

Sir Robin Wales welcomes Triennial Review

Coinslot Newham FOBT Sir Robin Wales
Newham mayor and long-time FOBT campaigner, Sir Robin Wales, has reiterated his demands that B2 stakes be reduced following the announcement that the DCMS is beginning the triennial process. The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales - who leads a high profile local authority campaign against FOBTs - has reacted warmly to the announcement of the Triennial Review. “Today’s statement shows...

DCMS launches long-awaited Triennial Review

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The governmental review of gaming machines stakes and prizes has officially been published today, which analysts suggest could lead to the biggest shake-up of the gambling industry since the 2005 Gambling Act. The UK government has today announced that the Triennial Review – the only legal process whereby the all-important stakes and prizes on gaming machines can be modified –...

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