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Grand National to take place on 10 April despite calls for the event to be delayed

The Jockey Club has confirmed that the 2021 Grand National will be held on 10 April as planned, despite calls from the UK gambling industry to postpone the event until retail betting shops reopen. On Monday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the government’s “roadmap out of lockdown” which confirmed that retail businesses could be …

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Gambling participation in Britain declines during 2020

According to new data published by the UK gambling Commission, gambling participation in Britain saw a significant decline in 2020. The data published by the Gambling Commission covers the quarterly gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence data for the year to December 2020.  The figures are based on the UK regulator’s quarterly telephone survey conducted …

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BGC calls for Grand National to be postponed until betting shops reopen

The UK’s gambling industry standards body, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has called for the Grand National to be postponed until retail betting shops are permitted to reopen their doors to the public. The BGC said that the delay would provide a “timely boost” for both the land-based gambling and horse racing sectors. Delaying …

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Betting shops in England could reopen in April

England’s retail betting shops could reopen from 12 April along with other non-essential retail businesses according to the UK government’s roadmap out of the current coronavirus lockdown. During a press conference last night, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the government’s “roadmap out of lockdown” which outlined a phased reopening of the country beginning on …

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Gambling Commission publishes public guidance on gambling blocking services

The UK’s gambling regulator has launched its own public guidance campaign providing a breakdown of the gambling blocking services currently available to consumers at highstreet and digital banks. The UK Gambling Commission’s latest public guidance campaign forms part of the money and rights section of its site that was launched in early 2021.  This new …

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National Gambling Treatment Service improves PGSI scores for Scottish and Welsh users

The UK gambling charity GambleAware has published its first detailed reports on Scottish and Welsh users of the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS). According to the findings, more than half of the people that completed treatment with the NGTS are no longer classified as problem gamblers. It was also revealed that treatment with the NGTS …

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BGC calls for the reopening of the UK gambling industry after lockdown ends

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the UK’s gambling industry standards body, has said that retail betting shops and land-based casinos should be allowed to reopen their doors to the public once the UK begins to exit the current national lockdown. The BGC’s call to action comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to …

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Monzo calls for all UK banks to offer gambling blockers in an open letter to government

The online bank Monzo has called for all UK banks to be forced to offer gambling blocks to customers. In an open letter to the government, the online bank Monzo has called for all UK banks to be forced to offer gambling blocks to customers in an effort to help people control their gambling habits. …

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