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Safer gambling advice for consumers during coronavirus crisis

UK licensed online gambling operators should be aware that yesterday (27 March 2020), following on from the recent coronavirus-related warning message to them by the Gambling Commission’s chief executive, the gambling regulator issued advice to consumers (that you can download below) on how gambling companies should keep them safe while gambling online. Its advice is set out below: In light […]

BGC announces ten pledge action plan for safer gambling

The Betting and Gaming Council (“BGC”) has today announced a new 10 pledge action plan agreed with its member companies, that sets out the standards expected of its members during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The announcement (that you can download below) reads as follows: The 10 pledges build on actions and interventions that BGC members do as part […]

One year’s business rates relief extended to land-based gambling sector

It has been confirmed today (25 March 2020) that land-based gambling premises – “bingo halls, casinos, betting shops and arcades” that are the subject of enforced closure by reason of the coronavirus crisis – will now qualify for the same business rates “holiday” as all other retail, hospitality and leisure sector businesses, meaning that they will […]

Coronavirus Bill and loan scheme consequences for hospitality, leisure and gambling businesses

  Further to last week’s announcements on 17 March and on 20 March by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of further financial support for businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis, the government announced yesterday (23 March 2020) details of: the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), an interest-free loan scheme for small and medium-sized firms and the […]

New test house approval and accreditation process announced

In August 2019, we reported on the UK Gambling Commission’s consultation on proposed changes to the existing framework for test houses that play a key role in ensuring that games are suitable to be released to market and offered to consumers. That consultation closed on 30 October 2019. The Gambling Commission has now published its “Test […]

Gambling-related harm APPG calls for £50 daily gambling limit

As reported by The Guardian yesterday (22 March 2020), the Gambling Related Harm APPG has written a letter to Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council in the following terms under the heading “COVID-19: Taking action to prevent gambling related harm during the global pandemic”: We write to you as the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 commences its parliamentary passage

The Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on 19 March 2020. MPs will next consider the Bill (that currently extends to 329 pages in total) on Monday 23 March 2020 before it progresses to the House of Lords. Given the rapidly increasing depth of the coronavirus […]

UKGC – “business as normal” but COVID-19 guidance contains a particular warning for online operators

In part, by way of response to queries raised by some licensees regarding consequences on their business of the current coronavirus crisis, the UK Gambling Commission has published “Guidance in light of COVID-19 outbreak” on its website. The guidance (that you can download below) is generally in the nature of a “business as normal” announcement in terms of […]