GambleAware has called for authorities to increase and expand the amount of help available to problem gamblers in the UK after new research found that almost half of affected players are choosing not access treatment or support.
The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the government for its decision to extend the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) furlough scheme through to October, saying this will help to protect thousands of workers in the gambling sector.
More people in the UK have stopped gambling under lockdown than started or increased play, according to new data from the British Gambling Commission, though the regulator warned that evidence suggested session length for existing customers had risen.
The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the Welsh government to extend the Business Rates Retail Discount to include betting shops, bingo halls and casinos in order to help protect industry jobs in the country.
The Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has warned that while it will be lenient towards those organising bingo as a social activity under lockdown, it will not hesitate to act if games are organised to earn money or scam players.
The Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has warned consumers to ensure they are gambling with licensed operators after noting a rise in unlicensed bingo games being offered either online or in physical venues.
The increase in remote gaming duty (RGD) from April 2019 led to significant hike in tax paid by Great Britain’s gambling licensees paid for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2020, mitigating a decline in machine gaming duty (MGD).
The GB Gambling Commission has announced it will direct £9m in funds from regulatory settlements to GambleAware, a commissioning charity that supports initiatives to tackle gambling-related harm, during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has issued a decree significantly reducing monthly and weekly loss limits for online casino offered by Veikkaus, while the monopoly operator has also announced that raffle draws will be suspended until further notice.
Online-only bingo games will now be permitted in Norway until 11 May, after the country’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet) announced yet another extension to the window in which the in-person registration requirement will be suspended.
The British Gambling Commission has set out five key priorities for its 2020-21 business year, saying that it will aim to introduce new regulatory requirements by the end of the year's second quarter, which ends on 30 September, 2020.