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BGC launches its new “Take Time to Think” safer gambling campaign

The UK gambling industry’s standards body, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched its new “Take Time to Think” campaign to promote safer gambling. This comes after GamCare launched the Big Deal campaign to advise university students on the risks associated with gambling earlier this month. The BGC’s campaign The BGC’s “Take Time to …

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The UK’s ICO supports a single customer view approach in consultation response

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has come out in support of efforts to build a single customer view, which will see data on an individuals’ spending shared between businesses to reduce potential harms. The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s regulatory body for data protection issues. ICO back single customer view The ICO’s support …

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GamCare launches Big Deal campaign to advise university students on the risk of problem gambling

The UK’s responsible gambling charity GamCare has launched its Big Deal campaign which aims to advise university students on the risks that come with problem gambling. This comes after the charity reported an influx of calls following an interview with former Premier League footballer Paul Merson, back in September. The Big Deal campaign GamCare has …

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Public Health England estimates that gambling harm costs English society £1.27bn

A new report from Public Health England (PHE), an agency of the UK’s government’s Department of Health, has estimated the cost of gambling-related harms to English society to be £1.27bn. The report comes as the UK government is currently reviewing the 2005 Gambling Act in an effort to update the laws. PHE’s report The PHE …

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Entain announces the launch of digital betting shops across UK and Europe

The online gambling giant Entain has announced a digital conversion of its retail businesses across the UK and Europe, updating several of its shops into new digital spaces. The operator previously ran trials of new store designs which focused on digitising the customer experience. Entain announces digital shops According to an announcement made yesterday, Entain …

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Gamstop reports a 25% increase in self-exclusion rates during 2021

The UK’s free national self-exclusion scheme Gamstop has reported a significant increase in sign-ups for the self-exclusion scheme in 2021. According to Gamstop’s bi-annual review, the self-exclusion provider said that it registered 40,000 people during the first six months of 2021. Gamstop registrants up in first six months of 2021 According to the bi-annual review, …

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DAZN hires former Entain head to lead betting and gaming push

The sports streaming firm DAZN has announced the appointment of Ian Turnbull to the newly created role of executive vice president for betting and gaming. Turnbull has previously held roles at high-profile gambling firms including Entain and Microgaming. DAZN’s new hire In his new role as DAZN’s executive vice president for betting and gaming, Turnbull …

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Chris Philp named as UK’s gambling minister following cabinet reshuffle

Chris Philp has been named as the UK’s gambling minister following last week’s Cabinet reshuffle. This comes after former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Oliver Dowden, was replaced by Nadine Dorries last week. Philp’s new appointment Last week, Philp was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DCMS. …

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Reports claim UK shirt sponsorships will be banned but gambling ads will continue

It has been reported that the UK government is considering banning betting companies from sponsoring football shirts as part of its review of the 2005 Gambling Act. The government is expected to publish its white paper on the Gambling Act review in late 2021 or early 2022. Last month, it was also reported that Sports …

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DCMS publishes findings from Football Index investigation

The UK government has published its findings and conclusions of its investigation into the collapse of the football player exchange platform Football Index, making recommendations to the Gambling Commission. In response to the findings, the Gambling Commission has made changes to its regulatory practices. The DCMS investigation The UK government launched its investigation into the …

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