Earlier this year, the UK Gambling Commission released a report on the relationship between gambling and crime. The report was commissioned in order to better understand the links between problem gambling and other criminal activity, such as fraud and money laundering. In this guest comment, Brigid Simmonds, Chairman of the UK Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), offers her insights on the findings of the report.
Bettin is the largest gambling trade association in Europe
With members including all the major bookmakers, casinos and bingo clubs in the United Kingdom.
The BGC is committed to ensuring that gambling is fair and safe for all consumers and we work closely with government, regulators and treatment providers to ensure that problem gambling is minimized.
We are also constantly reviewing our own policies and procedures to make sure they are up-to-date and effective.
I would encourage anyone who has concerns about their own gambling or that of someone they know, to get in touch with one of the many excellent support organizations out there who can offer help and advice. Brigid Simmonds Chairman of the UK Betting & Gaming Council (BGC).
They work to ensure that gambling is fair and safe for consumers
The BGC is the trade association for the betting and gaming sector in the UK. We represent casinos, bookmakers, bingo, arcades and lotteries. We also work closely with online gambling companies. Our members provide millions of pounds in tax revenue each year and support tens of thousands of jobs.
We are committed to ensuring that gambling is fair and safe for consumers and we work closely with government, regulators and other stakeholders to raise standards across the industry. We also provide information and advice to help people make informed choices about their gambling.
Brigid Simmonds has been chairman of Bettin since 2014
The UK gambling industry is worth £14bn a year and employs more than 100,000 people. The BGC is the trade body for the industry, representing 26 members including online and high street bookmakers, casino operators and bingo halls.
We are committed to protecting the interests of our customers and ensuring that they are treated fairly. We also work closely with government to ensure that the gambling industry is well regulated and that it makes a positive contribution to the economy.
In this guest comment, she discusses the role of technology in the gambling industry
The UK gambling industry is a vital part of our economy, contributing over £12bn in Gross Value Added (GVA) and supporting nearly 130,000 jobs across the country. The industry has also undergone a transformation in recent years, with the introduction of new technology driving changes in how we gamble.
The Betting and Gaming Council is at the heart of this change, working with government to ensure that gambling is fair, safe and crime-free. We are also committed to protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling.
Technology has played a huge role in making gambling more accessible than ever before.