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Lord Chadlington calls for new “independent commission” funded by mandatory levy

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The gambling industry has always been an easy target, but recent negativity has increasingly placed it in the crosshairs of politicians. Lord Chadlington is the latest to take aim, and he wants an “independent commission” funded by a mandatory levy of one percent. In an editorial published in The House Magazine, Lord Chadlington - the Tory party’s in-house PR veteran...

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...

Call for inflatables ban comes in PMQs

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A call to temporarily baninflatableswas heard in Prime Minister’s Questions last week. Meanwhile, fairground operators are working to educate and reassure customers that their bouncy castles are safe. Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to bring in a temporary ban on the operation of inflatable attractions following two high profile deaths. During last week’s PM’s Questions, Conservative MP Robert Haflon...

Bacta hold latest Parliamentary Lunch for Welsh based MPs

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While Bacta continues to keep the pressure on MPs concerning the implementation of the £2 stake for FOBTS, there is more to the association’s dialogue with UK parliamentarians. Brexit and coastal investment were very high on the agenda when Welsh constituency MPs met with Bacta delegates last week. Concerns surrounding the impact of Brexit on the manufacturing sector, the delay...

Treasury branded “morally reprehensible” over FOBT cut delay

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In Money Vs. Morality round two, chancellor Philip Hammond is against the ropes once again, with MPs branding the reported 2020 delay to FOBT maximum stake cuts as “morally reprehensible”. MPs including former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, Carolyn Harris, and Ronnie Cowan, have written a letter to the Prime Minister urging her step-in on the FOBT stake cut implementation...

MPs call Treasury into question over machines tax take

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In a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond, MPs Iain Duncan Smith, Carolyn Harris and Ronnie Cowan question the Treasury’s income from FOBTs and ensure doubt is cast on the still- secretive ABB report. MPs Iain Duncan Smith, Carolyn Harris and Ronnie Cowan have penned a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond detailing the“overwhelming” case to reduce the maximum stakes for FOBTs...

Parliament to guard against any FOBT maximum stake higher than £2

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Parliament will not agree to “anything higher than £2” says Sir Peter Bottomley who is prepared to put down a motion allowing a final vote on the future of the maximum stake on FOBTs. Sir Peter Bottomley will lead a parliamentary guard against any government proposal for an FOBT maximum stake higher than £2, with the veteran MP prepared to...

White and Miller progress Bacta case in Whitehall

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Bacta has followed up its meeting with former Conservative party leader, Iain Duncan Smith, with another appointment at Whitehall, this time with Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society. The member for Chatham and Aylesford and the politician with responsibility for the gambling industry in all of its guises, met with Bacta chief executive...

Hancock grilled by MPs on FOBTs

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  As the gambling industry, and many other interest groups across the country, waits for the DCMS to decide the fate of FOBTs maximum stake, culture secretary Matt Hancock faced hard questioning from MPs in parliament.   Culture secretary Matt Hancock recognised the issue of FOBTs “raises strong emotions in the House and around the country” in parliament on 8 February, as...

CAMRA campaign against “ticking time bomb” pub rates garners parliamentary support

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The budget in March was a mixed bag for pubs, with minor rates relief for many dampened by increased beer duty for all. Before the next budget on 22 November, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has piled on pressure for further relief.   The Campaign for Real Ale has warned that pub business rates are a “ticking time bomb” as...

Bacta press home calls for progressive review to enhance economy

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Bacta chief executive John White has reassured members that contrary to recent speculation, the review of FOBT stakes has not been shelved and is encouraging chancellor Philip Hammond to take a holistic view of the broad and powerful economic benefits contained within the association’s triennial submission.   Commenting on last week's story which appeared in the Daily Mail, White said: “I...

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