The British Horseracing Authority has welcomed news that the government is to reconsider the timetable for reviewing the betting levy, which returns 10% of the profits made by betting companies stakeholders. 

Originally scheduled for 2024, the Levy review has been brought forward to next year. 

Post Brexit, UK racing is also calling for a greater return from bets placed on international racing, while switching to a system based on turnover rather than gross profits has also been advocated.

The UK gambling industry is in the process of evaluating the policy document that accompanied the launch of the government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act.

Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston underlined that the DCMS will listen and gather the evidence required to govern gambling for the next decade and beyond.

The UK government is already committed to raise the minimum age for National Lottery ticket and game purchases to 18. The new limit was announced alongside the planned review of a blanket ban on advertising and the enforcement of potentially significant limits on online casino stakes that echo 2019’s cut on FOBT wagering.

GambleAware has published the findings of YouGov research into problem gambling among BAME adults. 

The findings indicate that one-in-five BAME adults surveyed identified as experiencing ‘some level of problem gambling harm’.

7% of BAME adults surveyed were classified as ‘high-risk problem gamblers’, significantly greater than the 2% of non-BAME adults. 

That’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow for your next SBC News 90.

SBC News 90: British Racing welcomes 2021 levy review