The call came from Andrew Tottenham, chairman of the GREaT Foundation, which has taken over fundraising duties from the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT
), when he addressed yesterday's GamCare annual conference in London.
Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT
) said details of gamblers who asked to be "self-excluded" should be available to all betting firms.
IN a restructure of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT
), Andrew Tottenham, MD of Harrahs, has taken over as chairman from Tory MP John Greenway.
The agreement, which Sutcliffe's Department for Culture, Media and Sport has reached with the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT
) and various trade bodies, will spare the whole of the industry from a threatened statutory levy.
"If the government were to discourage people from betting, by putting up the rate to 17.5 per cent, for instance, it would have a very serious impact on revenues." Greenway, chairman of the government-backed Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT
), also argued against an increase in the rate of duty from the standpoint of funding for research, education and treatment of problem gambling.
AS THE threat that the government will impose a statutory levy on betting and gaming firms to finance research, education and training on problem gambling recedes, the body that has led on the issue, the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT
), has agreed to examine its constitution, writes Howard Wright.
Failure by many operators to contribute to the voluntary scheme overseen by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT
), allied to a lack of transparency among some of the firms that have provided the bulk of funds, led to the DCMS to start a consultation process over a statutory levy, which ends on March 31.
So if a 2,000-shop chain donated pounds 1,000 per shop, they would still be pounds 400 better off than their tiny competitor, and - wait for it - the Responsibility In Gambling Trust (RIGT
) would cop two million quid!