Gambling lobby group in the United Kingdom has been accused of providing falsified statement regarding the industry’s yearly 10 billion pounds.
The Chief Executive of Betting and Gaming Council, Michael Dugher, is set to appear before the parliamentary select committee on culture, media and sports, in an effort to evaluate the government’s proposals to enhance gambling regulations.
However, Peer for the Liberal Democrat, Lord Foster has written to the committee to raise awareness on the reliability of the Betting and Gaming Council. In HIS letter to the committee, Foster cited the BGC press release over the use of illegal betting sites during the World Cup in Qatar.
As a result of excessive government regulation of the industry, the lobby group claimed that, the analysis demonstrated how customers may have been lured into the arms of illegal operators.
Yield Sec, a company that conducts gambling analysis, however, wrote a report that was never made public in its entirety. Despite the increase, the report’s total coverage of the parallel market was defined as “low,” and it only amounted to 1% of all gambling expenditure in the UK.
In response to the planned required assessments to determine, if gamers can handle their losses, Dugher warned that, the government should be cautious of enforcing “blanket intrusive affordability checks.”
Moreover, as a contributing factor to gambling on the parallel market, affordability checks were not mentioned in the study. According to a large number of survey participants, if affordability checks were implemented, consumers would have turn to illegal websites.
On the other hand, Lord Foster said to committee members that, he does not believe the Betting and Gaming Council delivered the findings or the size of the parallel market with “full accuracy.”
“The solution to addressing the black market is to introduce proper enforcement to disrupt the operations of these sites rather than abandoning much needed additional regulation of the gambling industry.”Peer Lord Foster.
Foster also made known of “other instances when the BGC has not been entirely accurate” concerning its stance on the regulation.
Michael Dugher in some months ago made a statement on his social media page that, lobby groups “fully and publicly supported” a ban on credit card gambling.
On the other hand, according to a gaming Commission study from 2020, “none” of the online gaming corporations had backed such a policy during the consultation stage.
Additionally, the BGC has been saying that, a voluntary industry restriction on gambling advertisements being displayed during sporting events on television resulted in a 97% reduction in the amount of gambling advertisements that children saw. Actually, the figure stood at 70%.
The BGC repeatedly neglected to clarify that, the larger number solely applied to television and to the brief duration covered by the voluntary ban.
Furthermore, the BGC stated that, its members would have “welcomed” such a decision in April of this year, following the announcement by the government that, it might implement an obligatory tax on gambling companies to pay for research on addiction, education, and treatment.
The BGC released a statement claiming that, it had “introduced scores of new safer betting and gaming measures, including ensuring our members devote 20% of all TV and radio advertising to safer gambling messaging backed by our groundbreaking Take Time to Think campaign. The Yield Sec study was commissioned to analyze the scale of the growing, unsafe, unregulated gambling black market online and its findings were accurately reported.”