Ahead of the future UK government review of the Gambling Act 2005 (announced in December last year), the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (“APBGG”) – that describes itself as “the only All Party Group to support the whole UK gambling industry” – has today (22 April 2020) announced that it is launching its own such review
Like the Gambling-Related Harm APPG (“GRH APPG”), the APBGG is an informal group of Members of both Houses of Parliament with a common interest in particular issues. Its members are listed here. However, the industry will hope for a a very different appraisal of the current gambling landscape from the APBGG than that published in November 2019 by the GRH APPG.
The APBGG’s press release reads as follows:
The above-mentioned stakeholders’ survey can be accessed here.
As stated above and on its website, the APBGG is planning to arrange four virtual meetings on the following topics (with speakers, dates and times to be confirmed in due course):
Meeting 1: A Public Health approach to Gambling
- What does this mean and how would it be different to what went before?
- On what basis was this change in approach taken?
- The National Strategy to Reduce Harms – what does this mean for the industry?
- Research, education and treatment – what is required (and how will it be paid for)?
- Do we have an actual itemised and costed budget for what is required?
- Will a regulatory Levy solve this?
Meeting 2: Gambling and Football
- What are the benefits and disbenefits of gambling sponsorship?
- What is wrong with streaming?
- Gambling and sporting events – what does history tell us?
- Are sporting integrity issues inevitable?
- Can gambling and football work to the benefit of both?
Meeting 3: The Marketing of Gambling
- What advertising is ‘acceptable’?
- What evidence is there that advertising leads to problem gambling?
- Should affiliates be more regulated?
- VIP programmes – what is legitimate, and what is not?
- Isn’t the issue about banning gambling advertising really just a case of ‘out of sight – out of mind’?
Meeting 4: Is the Gambling Act 2005 Fit For Purpose?
- How is the Gambling Act not ‘future proofed’ (with the exception of casino licensing)?
- What is conceptually different now then from when it was written?
- What needs adding?
- What needs taking away?
- Is there an easy fix?