Archive | October, 2020

New “Plan for Jobs” unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Following on from: introduction of the three-tier Covid-19 alert system, announced by the Prime Minister on 12 October 2020, the Health Secretary’s statement by way of a Coronavirus update on areas in local COVID alert levels on 15 October 2020 and the Prime Minister’s statement at the Coronavirus press conference on 20 October 2020, the […]

New rules and guidance proposed for gambling ads with strong appeal to under 18s

As announced in a CAP News item on the ASA’s website (that you can download below), the Committees of Advertising Practice have commenced a public consultation on proposals to introduce strengthened rules and guidance for gambling ads in order to better protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. The principal consultation proposals are to:  prohibit […]

Ethical gambling – Spotlight on Governance

Earlier today (21 October 2020), David Clifton moderated the “Ethical Gambling – Spotlight on Governance” panel session at SBC Events‘ Betting on Sports – Europe Digital online conference. Those who have registered for the ‘free-to-attend’ conference, but missed attending David’s session earlier today, can now catch-up here. You can read below David’s introductory comments at […]

BGC opposes forced closure of casinos and betting shops in Tier 3 regions

The Betting and Gaming Council has today (20 October 2020) called on the Department for Business to intervene over what it describes as “the Government’s ‘ill-informed and arbitrary’ decision to close betting shops and casinos”. Its website posting states as follows: The Government has been accused of behaving in an “ill-informed and arbitrary” way over […]

Westminster’s Licensing Policy consultation proposals explained

Westminster City Council (WCC) is required to review and revise (if necessary) its Licensing Policy by 6 January 2021. It has determined to maintain its current policy by and large, subject to some key changes. As explained on the Council’s website, its proposals are out within a consultation paper (that can be downloaded below) and […]

“View from the Regulator” speech at Responsible Gambling Marketing conference

Ian Angus, Director of Policy at the Gambling Commission, delivered a “view from the regulator” speech at yesterday’s KnowNow ‘Responsible Marketing for Gambling Operators 2020’ conference, during which he reflected on: the Commission’s overarching priorities, the current climate regarding gambling advertising, the associated research and evidence base, regulatory and industry developments and progress, and key […]

European Gambling Associations renew commitment to safer online gambling as COVID-19 restrictions return

The European Gaming & Betting Association (“EGBA”) has reported that European Gambling Associations have renewed their commitment to safer online gambling and responsible advertising as coronavirus restrictions return. EGBA’s press release of 14 October 2020 reads as follows: 15 online gambling associations issue renewed call for safer gambling and responsible advertising in Europe during COVID-19. […]

Data showing impact of COVID-19 on gambling behaviour in August 2020

The Gambling Commission has published further data showing how the Covid-19 period has impacted gambling behaviour in Great Britain in the period between March and August 2020. In brief, this latest data shows that there was a continued decline during August in both gross gambling yield and customer participation, which the Commission believes “underlines the importance […]