27.022019
New Gambling Trade Body Could be in the Works

New Gambling Trade Body Could be in the Works

The UK gambling industry is facing tougher and tougher regulations, with the once relaxed laws now tightening and becoming much more restrictive. A country that has historically been wide open to gambling and legalizes some forms of gambling from the age of just 16, could be set for an uncertain future.

In anticipation of this, it looks like a new trade body could be formed in order to apply pressure to politicians and to lobby for the continued freedom of gambling in the United Kingdom.

The New Body

The Guardian recently reported on rumors that the Remote Gambling Association and the Association of British Bookmakers could be set to merge together in order to create this organization. They took their information from the fact that many job adverts were being placed by a recruitment firm that represents these companies, hinting that they were looking for experts to form a new, influential company.

These reports were the confirmed by an industry insider who noted that the company will be created in response to the tightening regulations. These regulations have included sweeping reforms on how underage gambling is controlled, as well as restrictions on the use of Fixed-Online Betting Terminals.

There have even been suggestions that they could be ready to ban the use of credit cards for online gambling, as recently reported on this website.

The job advert is on the lookout for a chairman and CEO for what it described as “the largest and most prominent organization representing the gambling industry”. It also requested that the applicants have experience in influencing politicians involved with the lobbying process.

It remains to be seen what this company will be called and if it will have any impact on current or future gambling legislation in the United Kingdom, But it’s fair to assume that some big changes are on the way.

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