Thursday, January 27, 2022

Tag: government review

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...

Article 50: Calls for clarity over confusion

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The enactment of Article 50 by Parliament has started the clock on the process that will see the UK leave the EU, but there are some concerns within industry circles as to what it will truly entail. The devil, it seems, is in the detail - and the detail still seems a long way off. Thomas Rush explains.   With the...

Ladbrokes chief warns of “doomsday” for betting shops

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Ladbrokes chief Jim Mullen highlights potential job losses and bleak future for betting shops ahead of the proposed B2 max stake drop.   Ladbrokes chief executive, Jim Mullen, has become the latest member of the bookmaking fraternity to speak publicly in defence of FOBTs. Speaking on the opening day of the Cheltenham festival, he quoted figures from a recent secret KPMG report,...

Right to Reply: bacta’s John White on Government review

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In a response to last week’s article from Malcom George, bacta’s John White responds with reference to the Government’s impending review.   The entire industry is awaiting with great interest the outcome of the Government’s review into gaming machine stakes and prizes. Rightly, much of the focus has been on B2 machines, which have become increasingly controversial as their imprint on the...

Approaches to problem gambling must be based on the evidence alone

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As the industry braces itself for the latest developments in the Government’s review of stakes and prizes, Malcom George, chief executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, argues that the recommendations should be based on evidence rather than prejudice. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is now considering the evidence submitted by the betting industry, academics, charities and campaign groups to the...