Tag: Malcolm George

Bookies brace for “radical” FOBTs cut in April

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Britain’s bookmakers have been warned that a “significant change” to FOBTs stakes is in the wings, perhaps as soon as Easter. The question now rests on how low ministers are willing to go.   Bookmakers should brace themselves for “significant change”, says former culture secretary John Whittingdale, who expects the government to take “radical measures” on FOBTs this April. Speaking at the...

Bookies deliver 325,000-name petition to No.10 in fight to save UK industry

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A petition signed by more than 325,000 betting shop staff and customers from across the country was presented to No.10 Downing Street by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) last month. The petition, collected as part of the recent ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign, calls on the government to support the industry by eschewing the regulation and tax hikes that...

ABB boss says RGT research will “greatly help” them improve PAS

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The ABB’s chief exec Malcolm George welcomes RGT verdict of Player Awareness Systems.   In response to the RGT announcement that, following its programme of research in collaboration with PwC, it finds that Player Awareness Systems need further development before they can be proven to minimise harmful play on gambling machines, Malcolm George, chief executive of the Association of British Bookmakers,...

Betting industry to open up machine data for PwC evaluation

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The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to evaluate a recent Association of British Bookmakers initiative - Player Awareness Systems (PAS) - designed to help people avoid gambling-related harm when using gaming machines in LBOs. Independent research commissioned and published in December 2014 by RGT demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to distinguish between problem...