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Bingo Association presents £1.3m cheque to Variety during Parliamentary event

Bingo Association, staff, Houses of Parliament, politics, bingo
On behalf of UK bingo operators, staff and customers Miles Baron, CEO of the Bingo Association, presented Variety ambassador and actor Joe McFadden with a cheque for £1.3m at an event held at the Houses of Parliament. The evening was attended by MPs, bingo operators, bingo players and charity beneficiaries from up and down the country. Miles Brown said: I’m incredibly...

Current coastal defences “unsustainable” in face of future sea-level rises, claims new report

coastal report
The latest coastal analysis report from the Committee on Climate Change claims that sea-level rises due to global warming will soon place vast swathes of Britain’s coasts at heightened risk of flooding and erosion - and that the UK’s current coastal management strategy is “unsustainable” in facing up to the scale of the problem...

FOBT stakes brought forward: Industry, politicians and finance sector reacts

FOBT, stakes, Industry, politics, finance
Whilst the week may have seen no small degree of political upheaval and dissent, there was near unanimity in the response to the government’s turnaround on the timing of new FOBT stakes. BACTA chief executive John White called it “a victory for common sense,” adding that “there was never any justification for being delayed beyond April 1.” “The right decision...

Stergides letter “received attention” from Downing Street prior to FOBT date change

Politics, fobt
A letter from Bacta national president Gabi Stergides “received attention” from the Prime Minister in the week leading up to government’s decision to push forward the date of the £2 maximum stake implementation on FOBTs. On 2 November, Stergides sent a letter to the government outlining the need for an April 2019 implementation date, rather than the proposed October 2019...

Irish Gaming reform still unlikely amidst ongoing political stalemate

Dail, ireland
Recent attempts to get the ball rolling on a modern framework for gambling in Ireland are unlikely to make the legislative agenda of what remains a deeply divided government across the Irish Sea. There will soon be no less than three prospective gambling bills under consideration by legislators in the Republic of Ireland - but there remains frustratingly scant sign...

UKinbound supports Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

brexit, ukinbound,
UKinbound, the trade association that represents nearly 400 of the UK’s top tourism businesses, has announced its support for the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and urges MPs to get behind the deal. UKinbound chairman Mark McVay commented “The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement provides some reassurance for our members that progress is being made about the shape of our future relationship with the...

Government bring forward FOBT reduced stake implementation to April 2019

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The Government has announced that the implementation date on the reduced maximum stake of £2 on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), will be brought forward to April 2019. This follows an extensive campaign by the FOBT APPG, led by Iain Duncan Smith MP, Carolyn Harris MP and Ronnie Cowan MP, to bring forward the date from October 2019 as announced...

Amendment tabled for FOBT stake reduction

Houses of Parliament FOBT Stake Amendment
From a 21 strong group of Tory rebels, plus a UDP faction, some 74 MPs have now stepped forward to table a motion to attempt to force a government reversal on the delayed implementation of FOBT maximum betting stakes.

Over 70 cross-party MPs support early FOBT implementation date

FOBT-Hammond,politics
Over 70 cross-party MPs support April 2019 FOBT implementation date A cross-party group of MPs, will tabled a new clause and a sequence of amendments to the Finance Bill to bring forward the implementation date for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) to April 2019. This follows the announcement last month that the Government intends to implement the £2 stake maximum stake...

Hammond not budging on FOBT issue

Philip Hammond, budget, fobt
Following the recent budget, chancellor Philip Hammond has come in for criticism for postponing a cut to the maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from May next year to October 2019. The controversy prompted the resignation of sports minister Tracey Crouch, who reportedly believes that party colleagues, including pro-gambling MP Philip Davies, went over her head to secure...

Archer takes aim at former party for not stealing Labour proposals

Jeffrey Archer, legislation
Lord Archer has stated that Conservative ministers should “steal” the gambling advertising ban put forward by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson at the party’s September conference. The former Tory deputy chairman, no stranger to such appropriation himself having served half of his four year sentence for perjury in 2001, made the argument in a column published in the Radio Times. “A...

All roads lead to Brexit

Paul Kelly, brexit, politics, industry
With investment in the leisure industry highlighting an inherent positivity, the spectre of Brexit appearing ever larger on the horizon looks to bring its own challenges. It is now up to the government to heed the words of those in the know, comments Paul Kelly, CEO at BALPPA. He negotiates his way through a Coinslot Q&A, without the need...

AWPs fine with me, says Bolton commissioner

AWPs, Bolton, politics, local council
Support and understanding of the industry from a local legislator? No, it’s not a joke - as one Bolton councillor goes on the record. A prominent Bolton councillor and licensing commissioner has spoken out in support of AWP machines in pubs - following the unanimous decision by the regional committee to approve a new Cat C placement. Councillor Nick Peel sat...

Ulster still on VAT backfoot against Republic, say observers

Ulster, VAT, tax, politics, ireland
A budgetary increase in VAT paid by the hospitality sector in the Republic of Ireland still leaves Northern Irish counterparts at a pronounced competitive disadvantage, claim industry campaigners. As of 2019, VAT paid on hospitality services in the Republic will rise from 9 per cent to 13.5 per cent - but across the border the UK government continues to enforce...

Victory: Feltham showmen won’t be re-housed, says council

Feltham showmen,politics, showmen
It’s a happy conclusion for Feltham showmen fighting construction of new housing development by Hounslow Council - after legislators announced their homes were safe...for now. For over a year the showmen community in Feltham has been waging an uphill battle. The west London suburb has been home to showpeople since 1905 - after a group of families put down roots in...

All talk and no action: Canvey council under fire from within

Canvey council, local council, Canvey, politics, seaside
Pressure is mounting on Castle Point Council to make good on long-awaited coastal regeneration plans in Canvey Island, after one of its own members declared that all it seemed able to do was “talk talk talk.” A “masterplan” of redevelopment in Canvey has been bandied about since before the 2008 recession, with outlined plans detailing new public toilets on the...

Enforce the FOBT stake – or we’ll do it for you, say legislators

FOBT, politics, government, Philip Hammond,
A coalition of over thirty members of parliament and peers have called on the Chancellor to enforce the government’s promised reduction in FOBT stakes - and have pledged to take matters into their own hands if he does not. In a joint letter published last week in Parliament’s The House magazine, signatories from all major parties and both chambers praised...

UK Treasury poised to deliver ‘drastic’ online tax rise

Tax hike treasury
The UK treasury is preparing to announce a rise in online taxes, when it delivers the autumn budget next week – that could see liabilities increase by ten percent. The rise is being devised to compensate for lost tax receipts after the controversial cut in gaming machine stakes from £100 to £2 is implemented next year – potentially as soon...

Government to face ‘tough questions’ over support for seaside resorts

UK seaside-politics
A cross-party group of peers has promised to push the government for answers on how it will support seaside resorts after they visited Skegness last week. Members of the House of Lords have said they will press the government on issues surrounding support for seaside resorts - and businesses within them - after a fact-finding mission to Skegness. Members of the...

Blackpool to put gambling policy out for public discourse, but what about local operators asks Higgit?

Blackpool, gambling policy, gambling, policy, local politics, politics
Councillors in Blackpool have announced an upcoming period of public consultation regarding local gambling regs - but operators like Chris Higgit have thus far been left out of the equation. A triennial review of policy pertaining to the issuance of gambling licences in Blackpool is to be put out for public consultation - but operators are struggling to find information...

Pushers’ future safe as Treasury confirms 2p coin will stay

Two pence safe
Britain’s 2 pence coin is safe. The Treasury has ensured the coin’s role in everyday currency and in so doing handed a lifeline to the quintessential symbol of seaside traditions - the pusher machine. The long-term future of the pusher has been saved after the government confirmed it is abandoning plans to get rid of the 2p coin. Last weekend the...

Roads around Brighton Pier up for review

Brighton aerial view roads
Councillors in Brighton are reviewing plans which could completely overhaul transportation infrastructure to and around Brighton Palace Pier. The tabled measures, which form part of an ongoing rejuvenation project of the city-centre, include a proposal to replace a notorious roundabout at the pier’s entrance with a traffic-light junction, which would sit alongside a new bike-lane and improved pedestrian walkways. With the...

Ireland to double-up on gambling taxation in new budget

An imminent rise in gambling tax to two per cent could see large swathes of Ireland’s landed betting trade, and maybe other gaming sectors, hewn away, say industry advocates. Budget 2019 in the Republic of Ireland is set to double the rate of gambling revenues, from one to two per cent. Finance minister Pascal Donohoe has included the proposal as a...

‘No-deal’ would hurt seaside resorts, claims Thornberry

Emily Thornberry
Labour’s shadow foreign secretary has predicted that a ‘no- deal’ Brexit would hurt traditional seaside resorts such as Blackpool and Cleethorpes. Last last week’s Labour Party conference, Emily Thornberry warned that a rise in inflation, as predicted by the Bank of England in the event of a‘no-deal’ scenario, would mean both tourists from abroad and staycationers would be put off...

One percent compulsory levy would be weighted across sectors, says Labour

Labour
At a Bacta-sponsored fringe event during the Labour Party Conference, Tom Watson revealed that his proposed one percent statutory levy would be weighted across the differing sectors of the gambling industry. Tom Watson has revealed that his one percent statutory ‘smart levy’ would be weighted across the various industry sectors, with those most responsible for gambling-related harm also paying the...

“Low-skilled” EU workers to have limited entry in ‘no-deal’ scenario, recommends MAC report

EU, Brexit, Customs
Under the Migration Advisory Committee’s final recommendations for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, “low skilled” EU workers would have to use the Youth Mobility Scheme to enter the UK labour market - causing a mixed response from tourism and hospitality trade chiefs. The only route of entry for “low skilled” EU workers following a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would be the Youth Mobility Scheme,...

“Radical overhaul” of UK gambling: Labour plans a £160m annual levy on industry

Labour Party
Convinced by what it claims is the “hidden epidemic” of gambling addiction in Britain, the Labour Party has placed itself in stark opposition to the gambling industry. The Labour Party has called for a “radical overhaul” of gambling regulation in the UK - and issued a raft of over-reaching proposals that would see a Corbyn government impose a mandatory levy...

Corbyn competition could breach gambling regulations

Jeremy Corbyn
According to news service Buzzfeed, an email was sent out to Labour members last week telling them that if they donated a minimum of £10, they would be entered into a draw to win a weekend at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool, including a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn backstage. What the email should have said, given the UK’s over-reaching...

Cash machines closing up at alarming rate, says regulator

Cash machine
An increasingly cashless economy is to blame for ATM closures, but there’s still no sign of cashless payment for UK arcades. Free-to-use cash-machines are disappearing at a rate of 250 per month, according to national network co-ordinator Link. At present there are over 53,000 ATMs across the length and breadth of the country, down from 54,500 at the beginning of the...

Hough Bollard: A well-prepared local risk assessment is key to opening a new AGC on schedule

debbie hough
In light of an increasing number of objections from local authorities, businesses, and even fellow AGC operators, licensing consultant Debbie Hough Bollard, of Hough and Bollard, has stressed the importance of operators opening new premises to include a well-prepared local area risk assessment in their application. Debbie Hough Bollard, of licensing consultants Hough and Bollard, has urged operators to “give...

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