Following on from correspondence in March delaying the request for annual returns, we have now opened the online returns portal for your annual returns covering the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020. Submissions are due by 30 October 2020. Correspondence has been emailed to LAs with details of how to log into the online system and individual passcodes.
We appreciate that Local Authorities are still heavily impacted by the fight against Covid-19 and many of you may still be working from home, however we would be grateful for as much data as you are able to provide within the timescales.
We have published an overview of the implementation actionsdelivered during the first year of the 3 year National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. A map of actions additionally sets out the activities and workstream underway by a range of partners across Great Britain including health bodies, charities, regulators and the gambling industry. and highlights emerging work for this second year of the Strategy.
As more types of gambling premises are permitted to open in the Great Britain, we continue to update our FAQs aimed at helping operators manage compliance with Government Covid-19 guidance on reopening with continued compliance with the licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP).
BACTA has also produced reopening guidance for its AGC and FEC members.
The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) published a report looking at the risks people with mental health problems can face with online gambling and suggested a number of recommendations for operators, advertisers, internet and financial service providers to make the online gambling environment safer
Supported by GamCare a new NHS Primary Care Gambling Service has launched in London to offer help via GP surgeries for adults who need treatment for their gambling. Starting in South East London (Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich) there is a plan to expand the service in the next few months.
Building on data shared in May, we have published further data showing the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on gambling behaviour during April and May. The data, collected from the largest online operators and the YouGov Covid-19 tracker, continues to show that overall participation has decreased but some engaged players are spending more time and money gambling on certain products. It also highlights an increase in real-event betting and sports betting, partly due to the return, in May, of top-flight football through the German Bundesliga.
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