Archive | December, 2021

Those were the forecasts that were

In this month’s ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News, entitled ‘Those were the forecasts that were’ (that you can download below), David Clifton goes back to his December 2020 article for SBC News entitled “Ten forecasts and a hope for 2021” to find out how accurate those forecasts have turned out to be twelve months later. He concludes that, in […]

Extraordinary conduct on the part of a former UK licensed gambling operator publicised by the UKGC

The Gambling Commission has today (22 December 2021) published on its website a Public Statement (that you can download below) explaining the conclusion of its investigation into IMME Ltd. Its accompanying remarks – that describe seemingly disgraceful conduct on the part of a former UK licensed gambling operator – are set out below: The Commission […]

GamCare issues warning of gambling risks around Christmas time

GamCare’s gambling helpline advisers have warned of the Christmas risks around gambling. A GamCare website posting – accessible here – states as follows: We are asking people to look out for the signs that someone may be struggling with gambling over the Christmas period, and want to remind people about our live chat option for […]

Pubs, cafes & restaurants permitted to erect marquees etc on their land without needing planning permission

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced today (20 December 2021) that, following a public consultation, measures originally introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic will now be made permanent. This will have the consequence that local hospitality businesses will no longer need planning permission to put up marquees on their land and councils will […]

Give Rhodes a chance to reform our regulator

Comments made by David Clifton in his November 2021 Licensing Expert article for SBC News are quoted in a Coinslot International article entitled ‘Clifton: Give Rhodes a chance to reform our regulator’, published today 17 December 2021. You can download the Coinslot International article below.

BGC and UKGC at odds once again over black market threat

The Betting and Gaming Council Chief Executive, Michael Dugher, has called on the Government to “take heed” of betting customers after a survey by Racing TV showed high levels of opposition to the imposition of stringent affordability checks on how much they are allowed to spend betting. This is not the first time the BGC […]