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“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 […]

Invitation extended to the financial sector to do more to tackle gambling harm

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission has today (13 October 2020) delivered a speech at the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute’s virtual conference for financial service professionals, in which he invited the finance industry to join a multi-sector partnership approach to tackling gambling harm. David Clifton commented on the need for such a […]

Negative reaction from hospitality & gambling industries to the new three-tier Covid-19 alert system for England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (12 October 2020) announced a new three-tier Covid-19 alert system for England, classifying areas as: Medium – “with existing national measures such as the Rule of Six and the closure of hospitality at 10pm”, or High – “with extra measures including a ban on indoor social mixing between households […]

David Clifton to moderate “Ethical Gambling – Spotlight on Governance” session at BoS Europe Digital

David Clifton will be moderating a panel session entitled “Ethical Gambling – Spotlight on Governance” at 12 noon (UK time) on Day 1 (Wednesday 21 October 2020) of the forthcoming SBC Events ‘Betting on Sports Europe Digital’ conference. The conference agenda – accessible here – describes this panel session in the following terms: “Entering a […]

Updated restaurant, pub, bar, cafe & takeaway guidance published

The government has published updated guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways (that you can download below). Updates implemented on 1 & 6 October 2020 include the following: guidance on regulation changes (section 1), customers dancing and singing (sections 2.1 & 4.5) and staff wearing face coverings (section […]