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Financial support confirmed for businesses required to close because of Covid-19 restrictions

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today (9 October 2020) announced that the government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. This will mean that the government will subsidise two-thirds of the wages of workers in hospitality businesses […]

Casinos in England finally allowed to re-open (on 15 August 2020)

The Prime Minister has announced tonight (13 August 2020) that English casinos will be permitted to reopen on Saturday 15 August 2020. You can download below the complete press release. As reported by us here in updates to our website posting entitled “Betting and Gaming Council focuses latest lobbying efforts on Scotland and Wales”: confirmation […]

Chancellor announces VAT cut to 5% for hospitality sector and “Eat Out to Help Out” discount voucher initiative

In a speech delivered today (8 July 2020), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has unveiled the Government’s “Plan for Jobs”, describing its goal as being “to protect, support and create jobs”. That plan accordingly comprises those three constituent parts: support people to find jobs, create jobs and protect jobs. You can download below […]

Public Accounts Committee report slams “slow, weak” Gambling Commission and “complacent” DCMS

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has today (28 June 2020) published its “Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people” report (that you can download below). In what will add fuel to the fire arising from the Gambling Related Harm APPG’s recent call for a complete overhaul of UK gambling regulation on the […]

Green light for 4 July opening for pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, bingo halls and arcades but a red light still for casinos and nightclubs

The Prime Ministerial Statement delivered today (23 June 2020) to the House of Commons on COVID-19 (that you can download in its entirety below) has provided: greater certainty for some sectors of the leisure and hospitality industry (including pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres), each of which will […]

Coronavirus Act 2020 granted Royal Assent

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has been granted Royal Assent today (25 March 2020), meaning that it is now in force. It was rushed through Parliament in just five working days since the first reading of what was then the Coronavirus Bill on 19 March 2020. From the perspective of the hospitality, leisure and gambling sectors, […]