GBG welcomes new Culture Secretary with wish list and open invitation to meet

GBG welcomes new Culture Secretary with wish list and open invitation to meet

Monday, July 23, 2018 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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Jeremy Wright was appointed to the role this month

Strategic body, the Gambling Business Group, (GBG) has contacted Jeremy Wright QC congratulating him on his appointment as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and identifying a list of priority issues impacting the development of the industry as a socially responsible provider of gambling entertainment.

GBG chief executive officer, Peter Hannibal said: “The appointment of a new Secretary of State provides an opportunity for the industry to highlight the key hurdles and stumbling blocks that are restricting development, both in terms of policy and culture. In my correspondence with Jeremy Wright I have highlighted five priority areas impacting the healthy and progressive development of the sector.”

First of those priorities, said Hannibal, is to address the unintended negative consequences of the 2005 Act that have held the industry back for over a decade. The group also seeks the creation of a stable environment in which the industry can evolve and develop. Additionally it asks for some balance by encouraging the DCMS and the Gambling Commission to regard the positive attributes and benefits relating to gambling as much as they focus on the negatives.

Finally, the AGA implores DCMS to take a more pro-active role in the development of all parts of gambling policy (including lifting the prohibition of debit card use with machines), as well as establish a separate body for the regulation of gaming and e-sports.

In its letter to the new Secretary of State, the GBG went on to highlight the economic and employment contributions made by the UK gambling sector as well as extending an open invitation to Wright and his team to visit GBG members and experience the workings of a socially responsible industry at first hand.

Over the coming months GBG will continue to lobby on behalf of its members as the nature of the UK's exit from the European Union becomes clearer.

Totally Gaming says: It will be interesting to observe how the relationship between the UK street gaming sector and Jeremy Wright QC unfolds. With a background in prisons and rehabilitation and, reportedly, a reputation for being a government ‘yes man’, the new Culture Secretary seems to be well suited to beefing up sentences for wrong-doers and toeing the party line – nothing wrong with that of course. But TG suspects that the government, with this appointment, is likely to be playing things safe on the gaming front for some considerable time.

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