Aintree have informed us that you MUST pre-book your bookmakers badges as there will be no sales on the day for this years Grand National meeting. Follow this link for details... (Click Here)
Important message from BHA for members attending Cheltenham and Aintree in the Members only Area.
Members latest newsletter - (Click Here)
FRB- members are advised to ignore the recent letter, a rehash of the one sent out before Christmas, which we have commented upon [see below- 20/12/2016].
Randox Health Grand National Festival 2017
We have been informed by Aintree Racecourse that due to the refusal for the Bus Company to allow Bookmakers Equipment on the Buses, those Bookmakers who have purchased Steeplechase Car Park tickets will need to contact Mark Ryan, as the Racecourse has made alternative arrangements for you to avoid you having to transport your equipment.
The Agenda for the Directors Meeting can be found in the Members Area of the Website.
BOOKMAKERS' UMBRELLAS- who makes them please ?
Members are requested to see the latest notice from the Gambling Commission regarding processing times which is on the dedicated Gambling Commission page and all new licence applicants should please note the following.
(Follow this link)
TurfTV Data, Dec 1st - Feb 28th
This is just a reminder for all those that have signed with us to deal with your data to get your days in as close to the 28th as possible.
Even if you have a NIL return could you please let us know by ringing the office or via e-mail. (TTV Racecourses Here)
Date Racecourse Rails, Main or Minor
Announcement from Thirsk Racecourse Family Day Sunday 30th April 2017.
The Racecourse will be operating a single Enclosure policy outside the Premier Enclosure for this day with a £10 entrance fee for entry to the Family Enclosure and the Paddock Enclosure.
We are very pleased to announce that The Racecourse Management will only be basing the Family Enclosure Bookmakers badge fee @'50% of the amount paid by Paddock Bookmakers.
Plan for Royal Ascot Village 2017.
The Board is continuing to work on initiatives with the Gambling Commission and the Gambling Charities and we will update you on these in our next Newsletter.
In our continuing drive to work with all stakeholders in the industry on the Scottish page of the website you will see two documents provided by the Scottish Bookmakers' Protection Association, which they have made available for members to download, to assist with GC compliance and we would like to thank John Fox for these.
Given the rapid technological advances being made at the moment members may wish to wait before making any major purchases of new equipment until a decision is made on the new LCD boards.
“I would like to thank all those members who, so generously, donated to my
retirement gift. I was overwhelmed at the presentation of two fabulous
paintings of both rugby and cricket at Headingley (one of my favourite
places), and also some cash, which will be put to good use at our winter
home in Spain! I intend to visit at least one Point to Point before the
end of the season and will try to get to one of the northern racecourses in
the summer. I hope then to thank some of you personally. Best wishes to
you all for 2017.”
Press Notice from DCMS on Levy Reform - (Click Here)
GC proposed on course fees- REMAIN THE SAME.
The GC document currently has a typo showing the middle band rising from £467 to £476.
There has been NO INCREASE.
Members are advised to ignore the FRB's latest offer unless you will be having over 75 attendances in a year.
The BRBA offer has a 150 fixed fee so only those attending more than 75 days will be better off.
For those that have signed with the BRBA please follow the TRP instruction and do nothing.
As mentioned in previous Newsletters Charitable Donations for members has been addressed and when last years payments are made by the FRB are made we will update you then.
FRB DATA PAYMENTS DUE FOR THE YEAR TO 31st MARCH 2016
Although the BRBA has arranged specified daily rate quarterly data payments for bookmakers from Turf TV Courses from 1st June 2016 and TRP courses from the 1st January 2017 ALL bookmakers are still owed their full data payments for the last financial year.
Because of the problems of certain data periods not running concurrently we have asked the FRB to
· Specify how much of the 2016 money (usually about £1.1m) is available for distribution
· Disclose what the payments will be to enable Bookmakers to decide which body they wish to administer their payments.
· Bring forward these payments as the new contracts are starting and to avoid
any confusion and give Bookmakers their outstanding payments.
The FRB’s non committal reply, posted along with our request is in the downloads section. We would advise Bookmakers to seek clarity on the above points from the FRB along with how much the FRB will pay to those who have remained with them for TTV & TRP.
You will also see in the documents section the FRB’s 2015 Accounts. After reading them we are sure you will share our concerns over the increasing levels of expenditure out of your data money.
PTP- Please can colleagues opt in/ opt out using the established procedure ONLY.
Personal emails/ private calls/ calls to the office add an extra administrative layer and cannot be guaranteed to reach the PTP Chairman, whereas wherever he is JES will be looking at the specified email addy.
Members will be receiving their second claim forms for this years TTV data claims and are requested to return them as soon as possible.
Those members that have yet to return their TRP agreements they are strongly advised to do so.
For the Data payments for the year ended 31.03.2016 paid by the FRB, in the past they have put up a notice by mid November giving instructions so you may wish to contact them directly to establish that their procedures are still the same.
Gambling Commission: have reissued licences, which you should print off and keep and have available for ID on- course, for sending to BRBA and AGT. The rest of the documents [are the rules/ conditions and codes of practice under which your licence operates, which you should obviously know], none remote and/ or remote as the case may be.
Our supplier has informed us that prices will be rising, however, we guarantee to offer members 4 boxes for £100 (discounted to £75 for the first order of the subscription year) for the near future.
However, we would be grateful to you and it may be prudent for you, if any intended Till Roll order is placed ASAP.
We have placed a dozen of their documents in the Document Download section of this website.
This might assist in clarification of colleagues' working practices from the perspective of the tracks.
Very Important Notice
Board Meetings - in an effort to be more transparent, the Board will be placing the Agenda for meetings on a separate page in the Members' Area. Click "Board Meetings" on LH side of that page.
Good News/ Bad News:
Good News ! The DCMS have 'rolled over' the 2015/6 Levy to 2016/7. The Bookmakers' Committee recommendations for the 55th Levy Scheme were not agreed by the Horserace Betting Levy Board before October 31 2015, and as a result were referred to government for determination. The DCMS quickly made the decision to keep arrangements as they had been the previous year.
Bad News ! In a statement attributed to both Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, government expressed disappointment that the two sides could not come to an agreement and "DCMS can now continue it's focus on the replacement of the Levy with the Horserace Betting Right to which all in British racing remain fully committed."
The implications for the Racing Right are VERY serious for Racecourse Bookmakers and the argument that all in British racing are committed to it is spurious, and you are urged to discuss the matter with your MP.
We are very pleased to inform NBPA/ BRBA members that the current till roll arrangement is 4 boxes delivered to your home is £75 for the first four boxes and £100 per four box order thereafter. Thus 4 boxes = £75, whilst 12 boxes = £275.
Immediate payment by BACS is desirable, but cheque is acceptable.
An additional service for smaller lot sizes and discounts for own collection is available from Jamie Peckham in the Midlands and from the the Leeds office.
Please contact Jamie, his details are on his advert at the side of this notice, or the Leeds office.
Colour choices are blue, green, orange, purple, red, yellow.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT- FROM THE GAMBLING COMMISSION.
The NBPA Board have long warned of the consequences of underage gambling: we respectfully urge all colleagues to read this letter and take heed.
23 February 2015
To:Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers, National Association of Bookmakers, Association of Racecourse Bookmakers, Rails Bookmakers Association
On-course age verification controls
One of the key objectives set out in the Gambling Act 2005 (“the Act”) is to protect ‘children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.1’
Betting can only continue to enjoy its status as a mainstream leisure activity if it is conducted and enjoyed solely by adults. The importance society places on preventing underage gambling is reflected in the fact that it is a criminal offence under the Act for a bookmaker to permit a child or young person to place a bet.
As part of the Commission’s statutory responsibility to enforce these requirements, we wrote to on-course trade associations in June 2014 to stress that they must have robust age-verification controls in place on tracks. This followed the extremely poor results from an underage test purchasing exercise conducted at Ascot racecourse, where every one of the twenty bookmakers tested failed to challenge the underage volunteers.
Since June 2014, trade associations, coordinated by the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers (“FRB”), have taken welcome steps to raise awareness of this issue with their members.
In addition, the FRB commissioned a major programme of test purchases at a number of tracks in December and January. The results are alarming. Over the 200 tests conducted, only 10 resulted in the tester being challenged for identification in line with a ‘Think 21’ approach.
Following the Ascot underage test purchase exercise in 2014, we confirmed that we would undertake further such exercises to monitor improvements. On 24 January 2015, we supported Cheltenham Borough Council in conducting testing of licensees at CheltenhamRacecourse. Of the 21 tests conducted, 9 resulted in a failure to challenge the volunteers, who were aged 16 and 17. The results put the on-course sector well below the level of performance of other age restricted sectors both within the gambling industry and elsewhere2.
The Commission’s concern about these serious shortcomings has been compounded by the adverse reaction from some operators in the sector, which tends to suggest a reluctance to accept and deal with the problem. We know that is not the reaction of the majority, nor of those who represent them. It is first and foremost in the on-course industry’s own interests to demonstrate a determination to make rapid and significant improvement if it is not to undermine the very light-touch regime it currently enjoys. Furthermore it is in the interests of individual operators if they are to avoid more formal enforcement action.
1s.1(c) Gambling Act 2005
2Performance for comparable challenges for off-course bookmakers average 85% for the largest operators and 75% for smaller independents
We will be making this correspondence available to the Racecourse Association and AGT as interested parties who share the Commission’s objective of raising compliance standards on tracks. Whilst we are again asking racecourses and trade associations to help communicate the need to make significant improvements in this area, ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the individual betting licensees. To support members in these efforts, we understand the FRB will be commissioning a further ‘Think 21’ testing exercise using Serve Legal, and will be contacting those operators subject to the earlier tests. In addition, the Commission has already engaged with further local authorities who have expressed a willingness to undertake test purchase exercises at racecourses.
Director, Regulatory Risk & Analysis
For those of you who don't already know, the DCMS have undertaken 3 'consultations' about the Levy with, it seems, a view to its replacement. A Racing Right has been proposed, and two models seem to be up for grabs- French [who pay 5.6% of turnover] and Australian [mooted at 10.75% of Gross Profits]. Since we already pay considerable sums to enter the tracks to bet, and furthermore pay Marketing Fees, the increased financial burden would prove the final straw to many colleagues, in terms of the viability of their businesses.
The DCMS have recognised the unique position of on course bookmakers and will be discussing a way forward.
URGENT REMINDER ABOUT NBPA/ BRBA INSURANCE
The NBPA/ BRBA would like to remind its members of their obligations to comply with our insurance policies. In order for a bookmaker to be authorised, they must hold a list position at the racecourse they are betting at, or be an authorised alternate operator registered with AGT on the day. In order for your staff to be covered by our Employer's Liability Insurance policy they must be bona fide employees either working for you or representing you, in your absence. If any bookmaker is in breach of Rule 4:4 of the contract which forbids any list position being shared, in part or full, their insurance cover for Public Liability and Employer's Liability may become invalid.
If you are a member of two Associations you can only be insured with one Association.
EACH WAY TERMS
Further to AGT's announcement on their website, we would like to remind our members that they too have the right to dispute payment of bets, even if directed to do so by a BRM. AGT/BRMs are only able to advise, and not insist, on the settlement of betting disputes, so if members feel that the instructions given are incorrect they should stand their ground and do what they feel is correct under Racecourse Rules.
Bookmakers should display their each-way terms at all times, including what happens to the number of places and each-way fractions in the event of late withdrawals or runners not coming under starters orders.
Colleagues should have a Dispute Resolution policy, either with them or displayed in case of betting disputes.
SAFETY, SECURITY, PRIVACY:
We remind bookmakers that they cannot use umbrellas with third party advertising on them, even if taped over. A discussion of suppliers is to be found on the forum. You will note that the only supplier of new umbrellas (as Carver the Umbrella Man is now an MEP and therefore busy doing other things) is advertising on the website, in the top right hand corner of this page.
The NAB is pursuing a 'Think 21' policy. A poster for colleagues to display on their joints has been sent out to NBPA members: it is available to colleagues in the Document Download section of the website for members to print off, laminate and display.
The Gambling Commission see the prevention of underage gambling as a key part of their raison d' etre.
There will be continued Test Purchasing on racecourses.
SEE OUR POSITIONS FOR SALE / WANTED
You too can advertise here!
The Northern BPA Ltd would like to offer the services of our Classified Advertisement Section to ALL Bookmakers, who are licensed by the Gambling Commission, so they may offer for sale any list positions they currently hold. Please note that we are not authorised to act as an agent, we are only acting as an advertising medium, and all transactions must be carried out through AGT.
The Directors of The Northern BPA Ltd. remind members of their obligations to HMRC, via Gaming Duty, of laying horses on the betting exchanges.
THE NORTHERN BPA LTD FORUM
Please note that there will be no anonymity.
Your real name will be shown on the Forum at all times.