Members will be receiving a claim form from the BRBA, for the first claim of the TurfTV contract, which runs from 01 June to 31 August 2016. As members are fully aware, the FRB have requested certain information. The FRB and AGT have requested authority information for those that have not completed this. We are sending out duplicate forms along with detailed instructions.
Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
For those members that have Excel we have put a pro forma document, for ease of completion, "Click here".
Claims should be submitted ASAP, and no later than the last week of September, only for those racecourses on the list sent to you.
02/09/2016, amended 06/09/2016
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.
Gambling Commission- Colleagues may wish to check out the relevant forum section, where current advice on compliance visits has been posted.
Your current agreement with TurfTV, arranged by the BRBA, gives you a guaranteed £21 and £7 per day, paid quarterly in arrears - significantly higher and more promptly than current FRB daily levels and half your Levy Board payment WITHOUT any deduction for the next two years, which is the length of the TurfTV deal.
Now, in accordance with the letter sent to you on 12th May, and due to the FRB now signing up with TurfTV after you, you will be given the option to allow the TurfTV fees to be paid to you via the FRB.
If you were to consider this option it is worth noting that only on 24th March this year the FRB made a statement that they were 100% contractually committed to SIS for this arrangement, which, less than three months later has completely changed in relation to the TurfTV courses.
We recommend you decline this offer.
BRBA OFFICE/ LINDA McDONNELL
After over 20 years service Linda and her husband have decided to retire to their villa in Spain and I'm sure that you will want to share the board's thanks for all her hard work and dedication over that time, and wish her and Gerry a long and happy retirement.
For members wishing to sign her retirement card and give a gesture of thanks please see myself or Alan Wrigglesworth.
Alan will be combining the office function and the Finance Director's role. Telephone calls will be taken by him on the office number for enquirers and Till Roll orders.
As the BRBA will now be making quarterly data payments to members this will also now be part of the Finance Role and a further announcement will be made in due course.
Kind regards and good luck to all.
VERY IMPORTANT AND WELCOME NEWS:
We have followed up members concerns over the recent imposition of VAT on their badges at Doncaster.
We have been informed that the RCA is likely to make announcement on a consistent charging policy on this issue by the end of the month and we will notify you as soon as we know.
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.
UPDATED ***- Message from Perth Racecourse Chief Executive.
Following discussions with Perth Racecourse BRBA and ESBA we are pleased to announce that the AMF for the course enclosure will be reduced to £50 for the 2016 season.
Further to our telephone conversation this morning re the Centre Course I can confirm that in 2016 this enclosure shall only be open on the busiest days in 2016:
Thursday 12 May
Sunday 5 June
Sunday 10 July
Saturday 20 August
This shall be reviewed and if demand tells us to open it back up all season then we would be pleased so to do.
Please let your members know and I apologise if they had not noticed this change to operations that has been advertised on our website since the decision was taken in February.
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.