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Thursday, December 13, 2018, by Lorien Pilling

A voluntary “whistle to whistle” ban on pre-watershed television gambling adverts during live sports has been agreed by the UK’s gambling companies (13 December 2018). The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) will amend its advertising code in the new year and the ban will come into force in the summer of 2019.   Read More

Monday, November 05, 2018, by Lorien Pilling

Tracey Crouch MP resigned as Sports Minister on 1 November 2018 citing the decision to implement the reduction in maximum FOBT stakes in October 2019 as the reason for so doing. She was applauded as being principled and courageous for her action. In her resignation letter she claimed “two people will tragically take their lives every day due to gambling-related problems”.  This appears a shocking statistic and has already been repeated several times since then by various media. But is it accurate?  Read More

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, by Lorien Pilling

The rate of Remote Gaming Duty was increased to 21% in the 2018 Budget to offset the loss in Machine Games Duty caused by the reduction in maximum stakes on FOBTs (B2 machines). Based on Treasury forecasts, the government will come out ahead on the deal to the tune of GB£ 75 million over five years.  Read More