UK Government Facing Gambling Backlash Over New Immigration Laws

UK Government Facing Gambling Backlash Over New Immigration Laws

UK – The Betting and Gaming Council; a single industry association for betting and gaming, representing betting shops, online gaming businesses and casinos, has today warned the UK government that its new proposed immigration laws may have a severe impact on the gambling industry with negative consequences for tourism and gambling establishments.

The council, which represents approximately 90 percent of the UK betting and gaming industry, said:

“The Government has announced exemptions for certain workers and skills and we urge the Government to work with the casino and wider hospitality industry to ensure we can continue to thrive. To remain competitive, our casinos need the best croupiers with great arithmetic agility. Using arbitrary skills or salary requirements will damage highly successful parts of the UK economy.”

Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the government is proposing a number of law changes and legislation that will impact both immigration and the economy.

Chief executive officer of The Betting and Gaming Council Michael Dugher shared his concerns:

“Casinos are a hugely important part of our country’s leisure industry attracting thousands of wealthy tourists to the UK from around the world. While we are determined to grow the number of UK croupiers through the NVQ in gaming operations available at many colleges and through the world-class Nottingham Casino Academy, we need the ability to employ the best from around the world.”

The Betting and Gaming Council’s aim is to ‘champion industry standards in betting and gaming to ensure an enjoyable, fair and safe betting and gaming experience for all’. It estimates that gambling currently contributes arond £3 billion to HM Treasury. In addition, in UK retail betting; more than half of the workforce are women and around a quarter are aged under 24. In casinos approximately 42% of the workforce are women and 40% of senior management are women.

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