Saturday, January 22, 2022

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Delayed? Spring publication of government’s gambling review looking ever more likely claims The Guardian

Chris Philp GambleAware conference gambling review
With the door to the DCMS revolving more than ever in recent months and a National Lottery decision crowding up the agenda, the much anticipated review of the Gambling Act is almost certainly heading for a delay as further reports signal a push back until Spring.

Off The Record – Omicron / Bacta Convention / Government reaction / Starmer cabinet reshuffle / Priti Patel

Kier Starmer 011221©UK Parliament_Jessica Taylor Off the record omnicron
This week’s OTR asks is the Omicron strain the straw that will break the back of hospitality, why doesn’t the government pursue the people smugglers and not the people being smuggled and why don’t more members attend the Bacta Convention?

Bacta picks up plaudits at its annual convention

Bacta picks up plaudits at its annual convention
Following last week’s AGM, politicians and Bacta members have both “acknowledged the thorough and effective work of the trade association”. In a dispatch issued by the trade body, we get a glimpse of how Bacta’s work has been reaching out to people. In its very own words, here’s the association’s review in its post AGM release.

Gambling review due in Spring, but legislation will lag

John Whittingdale legislation Gambling Review
Following former gambling minister John Whittingdale’s speech to Bacta members at last week’s annual general meeting, CEO John White told Coinslot that the upcoming gambling review now seems due for early Spring, but legislation and implementation may stretch into 2023 and beyond.

Off the Record

Keir Starmer Labour Conference Off The Record
This week’s OTR reflects on an out of touch Labour Party Conference, asks who is to blame for the fuel crisis and urges politicians to differentiate between online and land-based gaming.

Off The Record

Brighton Pier Off The Record Labour Conference John Whittingdale energy crisis
Off The Record laments the loss of John Whittingdale, predicts a bumpy Conference ride for Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and explains why rising energy costs are a body blow to the AGC business.

Chris Philp appointed new gambling minister

Chris Philp appointed Gambling Minister
No sooner had he been given his red box, when Chris Philp opened it and found an inquiry report that hammered the Gambling Commission. His task, should he choose to accept it, was to deliver the critical blow and advise that things will change. What a day to start your new job. And what a year to do so as well; Philp’s primary role above all now is to oversee the gambling review.

DCMS revolving door just keeps on spinning: John Whittingdale goes in cabinet reshuffle

DCMS wall Nadine Dorries appointed culture secretary
When a welcome stability was just beginning to take hold at the DCMS, the gaming and gambling sector will now have another new minister at its helm. Out goes John Whittingdale after only six and a half months in the office.

Tardy timings: Commission struggling to get licences over the line on time

Gambling Commission licence applications
These are tough times for the regulator with the Gambling Commission under fire on multiple fronts. The last thing it needs then is a failure to meet its obligations on bread and butter stuff like approving licence applications. But in this area too, it's struggling despite statistical pirouettes to parliamentarians suggesting otherwise.

Bacta confirms Annual Convention, Parliamentary Reception and SR Exchange dates for November

Bacta SR Exchange Parliamentary Reception dates
Bacta has announced the dates of its upcoming SR Exchange, Parliamentary Reception and Annual Convention 2021, with all three events set to be held throughout November.

Off The Record: “Professor Doom and Gloom strikes again!”

Off the record gambling campaigners
OTR argues why now’s the time to ditch Professor Gloom, identifies the family links that are making some gambling campaigners hypertensive and why 2m is now a rule too far.

DCMS confirms gambling review will “harmonise” with affordability check proposals

Affordability Checks DCMS Gambling Review
The Gambling Commission’s controversial proposals for affordability checks will be addressed in harmony with other issues in the upcoming gambling review, the government minister for gambling and lotteries has confirmed - but has the regulator lost some influence in Westminster?

Gambling review head John Whittingdale visits Admiral gaming centre

John Whittingdale Clapham AGC visit high street gaming
The all-important John Whittingdale MP joined Novomatic CEO Zane Mersich at an Admiral gaming centre in south London this week, as one of the country’s leading operators looks to highlight the safe, secure and entertaining nature of high street gaming.

There’s no bringing the clocks forward for AGCs

AGCs not reopening with retail
The government has refused to allow AGCs in England to reopen on April 12 despite no evidence supporting the decision. That will mean another five weeks and three bank holidays closed whilst the rest of the high street gets back up and running.

Government ‘digs its heels in’ as the legal challenges on reopening mount up

Sascha Lord on Sky News night-time economy hospitality reopening
Britain’s hospitality sector has reached the tipping point; legal action will be mounted this week by the night-time economy sector and independent pub operators, both determined to bring the reopening date forward from 17 May. In the meantime, Bacta still awaits an official response to its own solicitor’s letter on behalf of AGCs. Is the government beginning to lose the people?

Whittingdale takes over gambling responsibilities as government shapes up for legislatory review

John Whittingdale DCMS
The revolving doors at DCMS HQ rotate faster than a Clark Kent transition to Superman, and this week in went Nigel Huddleston and out came the experienced John Whittingdale as the new gambling minister.

“Is it time for a new act?”: Whittingdale addresses future of UK gambling

John Whittingdale speech Bacta AGM
Former DCMS secretary and MP candidate for Malden, John Whittingdale, took to the Bacta AGM stage to outline the potential future of amusements in the..

Whittingdale warns ABB over possible FOBT stake cuts

responsible gambling
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...