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Statutory levy set for April 2009 if funding arrangements can not be agreed

The Gambling Commission has told the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to be ready to implement a statutory levy on the gambling industry from  April 2009 should it be unable to reach agreement with operators on the best way to fund research, education and treatment of problem gambling.   

The Commission submitted its report on the current voluntary funding arrangements between the gambling industry, the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT) and the DCMS this week. It said  its strongly preferred option was for a tripartite structure involving the Gambling Commission, DCMS and industry stakeholders working together to put in place voluntary arrangements for fundraising for the next three years. 

However, the Commission said it had not been able to secure agreement on its proposals or to obtain satisfactory funding commitments from the industry. New arrangements needed to be in place by April 2009 to avoid further uncertainty and delay.

As a result, the Commission has recommended to Minister Gerry Sutcliffe that he commences preparations for a statutory levy from April 2009, that he endorses the voluntary funding arrangements the Commission has recommended, that they should remain on the table for industry and RIGT to take up; and that the Commission commences setting up a strategy board immediately in collaboration with the DCMS and the industry.

The Commission found that the current system did not provide sufficient funds for RIGT or service providers and both the Commission and DCMS did not receive sufficient guarantees that robust funding commitments were in place to fund RIGT’s business plan for the next three years. “If these commitments are not forthcoming, the only other option would be a statutory levy,” it said.

Andrew Lyman, spokesperson for the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) said in response: “The ABB and the high street industry are disappointed that the Commission is so keen to recommend a statutory levy when the industry has met its funding targets for education, research and treatment year on year.

“The recommended voluntary structure is bureaucratic and will waste funds in administration costs. There are also conflict (of interest) issues with recipients of funding having a disproportionate influence on the strategy board. The key issue will be the level of funding that is demanded from the industry and how the strategy board is made properly accountable for its actions, for example a proper arbitration scheme over the level of  funding.

“The industry feels that the Commission has not handled this consultation well, preferring to bully the industry rather than reach a compromise acceptable to all.”

In response to the Commission’s report, John Greenway, chairman of RIGT, said: “We continue to believe that the threat of a statutory levy hampers our ability as a charity to raise funds. Nevertheless, we will continue to work with the industry to seek the commitments the Commission requires to enable a voluntary arrangement to continue.  In this context, we welcome the Commission’s clear intent that voluntary donations paid now will be taken into account in any future levy scenario.”



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The UK government has again delayed the sale of the state-owned Tote bookmaking business, after admitting it was “not appropriate” given market conditions, reports the Times. Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe told Parliament of his decision yesterday, understood to have been reached after a report by Goldman Sachs concluded that the business was currently likely to fetch £200m-£300m in an auction, well below the government’s target of £400m.

Austrian skill gaming firm Greentube has licensed its ‘Mountainbike Challenge 08’ to the BBC as a free download game. The corporation will host the game within its Sports Village-Children’s BBC section and will use the product’s in-game advertising model to promote its own shows and the 2012 London Olympics. Greentube chief executive Eberhard Dürrschmid said: “We are very proud of the BBC joining our network of global partners for our high quality games. This is another proof of concept for us and honours the work we are doing and the constant improvement of concepts and games we are living for.”

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em: 23 de Outubro de 2008, 16:30
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em: 23 de Outubro de 2008, 16:32
será curioso ver se em Londres 2012 haverá tanta publicidade às casas de apostas como há no campeonato inglês, pode ser bom para apostar nas olimpíadas :)
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em: 23 de Outubro de 2008, 16:33
será curioso ver se em Londres 2012 haverá tanta publicidade às casas de apostas como há no campeonato inglês, pode ser bom para apostar nas olimpíadas :)


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