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Betting and Gaming Council Asks for Flexibility

by Glenn Baird - June 1, 2020

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has asked the UK government to ‘keep being flexible’ following the latest update on the UK furlough scheme.

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed the Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme will continue, with the BGC acknowledging that some of its members ‘will be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for the foreseeable future’.

Sunak confirmed that the scheme will continue until October, helping to support the 64,000 people who work in the UK’s gambling industry.

The furlough scheme was introduced at the beginning of UK lockdown and was originally meant to run until July this year. The scheme sees those who are unable to work from home given 80% of their wages up to £2,500.

Whilst the scheme will remain available until October the amount being awarded will drop as of September, when only 70% of wages will be given via the government with employers expected to make up the 10% reduction. This number will fall by another 10% come October when the government will only furlough 60% of wages.

BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “Any help for businesses from the Government at this time of global crisis is of course welcome, and we thank the Chancellor for providing more clarity on how the furlough scheme will operate until the end of October.

“Even though the lockdown is easing, many of our member companies – and in particular in casinos and bingo halls – will be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for the foreseeable future because of the need to maintain strict social distancing.

“Given the significant contribution the hospitality and leisure sector makes to the UK economy, we would urge Mr Sunak to keep being flexible and acknowledge that it will continue to need support from the Government as the country emerges from the pandemic.

“We have had super engagement with the Government up until now, and we look forward to that continuing so we can ensure the betting and gaming industry can play its full part in getting the UK back on its feet.”

The North American country of Canada shares a border with The United States of America and has coasts on the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans. The population of Canada is currently in the region of 37.8 million people. With regard to the gambling sector, Canada has historically existed in a grey area but in recent years there has been a move towards officially recognizing that casino gaming, slots play, horse racing, lottery play, video lottery play, charitable gaming and interactive gaming are permitted in the country’s borders. There is no land-based licensor, but online gambling appears to be perfectly legal for Canadian citizens who wish to play.

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