Bacta aim to get statutory instruments agreed ahead of summer recess

Bacta has addressed members concerns that an early general election could delay the recommendations of the Government’s white paper on gambling reform explaining that it hopes to get the statutory instruments agreed prior to summer recess with the House Rising on July 23.

The political update was provided during a specially convened meeting of Bacta’s Scotland-based members which was attended by Bacta President John Bollom, Vice President Joseph Cullis and Executive Directors George McGregor and Robert Gibb on May 2 in Glasgow.

The meeting, which was chaired by Joseph Cullis reinforced Bacta’s on-going membership engagement programme which has seen the trade association hold a ‘meet your National Council’ open forum in Leeds with plans to extend a similar initiative to the south west of England after the summer season.

Reflecting on the meeting, Joseph Cullis said: “Following the publication of the white paper last April the ensuing months have been among the busiest periods faced by Bacta in its 50-years serving the industry. This was evident during our meeting in Glasgow when a packed agenda included discussions on the introduction of cashless payments which is unlikely to take place before April 2025, the regulations concerning Category D machines in FECs and an update on the requirement to submit regulatory returns on a quarterly basis.

“Members were also interested in learning about Bacta’s lobbying for a review of stakes and prizes, our recommendations on updating technical standards which were submitted to the Gambling Commission at the end of April and the discussions we are having with the government regarding the introduction of an Ombudsman avoiding the need to resort to primary legislation.

“We were also able to share our plans to produce industry-wide economic and social impact data for members to send to their local MP and parliamentary candidates ahead of the general election and provide insight on how the methodology used in the Gambling Survey of Great Britain – formally known as the Prevalence Study – will result in an increase in the reported incidence of problem gambling and is not comparable to previous data.”

“Bacta is a national organisation and listening to the lived experience of members throughout Great Britain is vital.”