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As many as 196 betting shops are set to close in Lancashire from Monday


Patrick McCann

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As many as 196 betting shops are set to close in Lancashire from Monday

As many as 196 betting outlets are set to shut in Lancashire from Monday

Patrick McCann

By Invoice Barber
UPDATED 9:49AM, OCT 17 2020

Leaders of the British racing and betting industries have joined forces to warn ministers of the monetary penalties of them utilizing “optics” fairly than proof of their resolution to shut betting outlets in areas included in Tier Three anti-Covid-19 measures.

The warning got here on the day that the playing sector suffered one other main blow with the closure of practically 200 betting outlets from Monday following Lancashire’s transfer into the best tier.

BHA chief government Nick Rust and his counterpart on the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Michael Dugher have spoken of the doubtless disastrous penalties if racing’s earnings stream from the betting business is choked off.

Dugher and Rust stated they wished to clarify they recognised the massive stress ministers have been dealing with however that they have been shocked betting outlets had been closed as they claimed the proof confirmed excessive road retail had “very minimal influence” on the virus’s copy charge.

In a joint article for the PoliticsHome web site set to be revealed on Saturday, they added: “It’s also incumbent upon us to level out the place we predict the federal government might higher use proof and science, fairly than optics, to make its selections and for it to concentrate on the numerous monetary penalties of them.”

This week, the Liverpool Metropolis area turned the primary within the UK to be positioned into Tier 3, resulting in the closure of 350 betting outlets, which was closely criticised by the Betting and Gaming Council.

There are round 430 betting outlets within the Larger Manchester space, however plans to escalate the lockdown measures within the area to Tier 3 haven’t but come to fruition following stress from native leaders.

Between them the three areas generate £32.1 million for British racing by way of the betting levy and the media rights funds that outlets pay for the proper to point out reside racing, as a part of the greater than £200m a yr which flows straight from the betting business to horseracing. 

“At a time when the game is already struggling financially because of the ban on spectators, choking off this earnings stream is disastrous,” Dugher and Rust stated.

Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/pictures)


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BHA chief executive Nick Rust: governing body under "no illusions" what's at stake

BHA chief government Nick Rust: governing physique underneath “no illusions” what’s at stake

Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/pictures)

The article stated the BHA was “underneath no illusions as to what’s at stake”, including: “For the sake of our business’s long-term future, it’s completely very important that the federal government listens.”

The 2 chief executives warned that with the return of racegoers probably delayed till subsequent spring, the game’s funds have been already underneath large pressure.

They went on: “If earnings from betting to racing can be jeopardised by the closure of betting outlets, it places additional important stress on the emergency enterprise mannequin the business has been pressured to undertake.”

Dugher and Rust warned {that a} contraction in British racing and a weakening in its worldwide standing would have the knock-on impact of hitting the availability chains and jobs which British racing helps throughout the broader rural financial system.

They concluded: “Our plea to the federal government is straightforward: Take an evidence-led strategy to the disaster fairly than one which too typically appears to be like like it’s being made up as we go alongside and the place ‘optics’ trump the science. 

“Don’t punish betting outlets – or casinos – for an increase in Covid circumstances which they haven’t contributed to. As a substitute, allow them to go about their enterprise safely for the sake of the financial system and the way forward for nice British horseracing.”


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Michael Dugher: impression is ministers "don't care" about jobs in betting shops

Michael Dugher: impression is ministers “do not care” about jobs in betting outlets

Individually, the BGC has requested the federal government to assume once more about closing betting outlets and casinos in Lancashire the place, not like in Merseyside, gyms and leisure centres shall be allowed to remain open although betting outlets and casinos are being ordered to shut. 

Dugher stated: “From the start of the pandemic, betting outlets and casinos have performed their full function within the nationwide effort to sort out this virus.

“It’s due to this fact vastly disappointing that as they’re beginning to get again on their ft once more, these venues in Merseyside and Lancashire have had the rug pulled from underneath them by the prime minister.

“And given the inconsistencies between the approaches in Liverpool and Lancashire with regards to gyms and leisure centres, it gives the look that ministers do not care about jobs in betting outlets and casinos.”

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