Date: 14.06.2024

by Adam Dworak

BGC Supports Labour’s Commitment to Responsible Gambling in Election Manifesto

The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed Labour’s general election manifesto, which includes a pledge to work collaboratively with the gambling industry to enhance responsible betting and gaming standards. With recent polls indicating a significant lead for the Labour Party, their manifesto is poised to shape the new government’s policies.

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Labour’s Commitment Amidst Major Regulatory Reforms

Labour’s commitment comes during an era of significant regulatory overhaul in the gambling sector, following the comprehensive White Paper released in 2023. This document proposed extensive reforms aimed at bolstering protections and updating regulations to reflect contemporary industry developments.

The government initially aimed to finalize these reforms before the elections, but ongoing consultations and contentious measures within the White Paper caused delays. If Labour wins the election, it will be tasked with swiftly implementing these much-needed reforms and steering the UK gambling industry into a new era.

“Labour will reform gambling regulation, strengthening protections. We will continue to work with the industry on how to ensure responsible gambling,” stated the Labour Party Manifesto.

Collaboration for Industry Standards

BGC members have been actively working with authorities to implement the evidence-based proposals of the White Paper. These reforms are designed to elevate industry standards while fostering a safe environment for business growth. They are crucial for combating gambling harm and ensuring that UK bettors can safely enjoy their pastime.

Michael Dugher, CEO and acting chair of the BGC, praised Labour’s manifesto commitment, highlighting the industry’s readiness to continue collaborating with the government. Dugher emphasized the urgency of the White Paper’s reforms, given that 22.5 million people engage in gambling each month. He expressed confidence that these reforms would enhance protections while respecting the enjoyment of responsible bettors.

Addressing the Threat of Black Market Operators

Dugher stressed the importance of transforming the sector to counteract the increasing threat posed by black market operators, which undermine the regulated industry. He assured that the BGC would partner with the next government to drive up standards and help finalize the UK’s necessary reforms, ushering in a new age for the sector.

“Whatever happens at the polls, our work to drive up standards carries on, and we look forward to partnering with the next government in this vitally important work,” said Michael Dugher, BGC CEO and acting chair.

With Labour’s manifesto outlining a clear path for collaboration, the BGC remains optimistic about the future of the UK’s betting and gaming sector. As the industry braces for upcoming changes, the BGC looks forward to maintaining its partnership with the government to uphold the highest standards and safeguard the interests of all stakeholders.