The Directors would like to thank the members who have contacted their MP's and we are pleased to inform you that they will be putting our case forward next week in Parliament.
Members attending events behind closed doors need to establish what fees if any will be paid to both the Racecourse and AGT.
The Directors of the BRBA are delighted to inform members that we have negotiated on your behalf an additional payment from TRP effective from 1st July 2020 of 20% of your 2019 quarterly payments.
This agreement with TRP is set to continue until further notice.
Along with all payments made by the BRBA these will be made without any deduction.
We understand that many Bookmakers are having problems opening or maintaining business bank accounts. We would like to hear from any bookmaker member or not, who feels that they have been discriminated against by the Banking sector for being an OCB to present a robust presentation. All e-mails will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Whist we all understand that public safety must take absolute priority, given the levels of concern raised on card only betting, we have prepared a document on this issue which we have sent to our contacts at the various Racecourse Groups. This could supplement any Government advice they have had...
On a more positive note, after recent communication we are told it is proposed that a small number of bookmakers will be invited to attend a race meeting sometime next week and they will be allowed to accept cash bets alongside debit card transactions.
Given the ongoing problems ALL on Course Bookmakers are having with the banking sector, we have written to both the Banking Ombudsman and the Gambling Commission CEO, please follow the link below.
Ombudsman Letter 07/08/2020
It's with great sadness we have just been informed of the death of long-standing friend and former member Pat Ryan.
At Fridays Board meeting it was agreed that whilst we would be pleased to help with any trial for the return to attended racing we are completely opposed to the removal of choice for our customers on the use cash or card to make their purchases with Bookmakers in contrast of with any other type of transaction.
Notice for ALL On Course Bookmakers.
It is with great sadness to announce that one of our longest serving members Terry (Dubber) Dolan has passed away on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 aged 89. Terry passed away peacefully with his Son Paul and loved ones by his side.
Funeral to be held on 8th July, unfortunately due to the covid restrictions, a private service will be held and a celebration of life will be arranged at a later date.
Should anyone wish to give a donation to Marie Curie, this can be done through this link:
Sending prayers and blessings for Terry and his family at this sad time, may you rest in peace.
Congratulations to Leslie R Steele on his telegram from the Queen from the Directors and members of the BRBA.
You could claim up to £10,000
We have been asked by the HBLB to inform members that the C.O.D certificates are available by e mail should you require one.
Please contact the HBLB directly.
|June 2020 Newsletter
With some good news for subscribers.
|Regulatory returns temporary extension to submission dates.
|All Bookmakers are reminded to submit their Annual Regulatory Returns at their earliest opportunity.
|We try and update the Covid-19 notice daily for the benefit of ALL in our industry.
Any Bookmaker BRBA member or not that has information to share please contact the office.
COVID-19 updates for all Bookmakers
Urgent notices from Ascot
May racedays & Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot 2020
Due to the ongoing suspension of racing, the advance booking service for Royal Ascot due to open on 6th April will be postponed until further clarity on resumption is available.
|The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)|
|Income Support Scheme for Self-Employed|
|Government Job Retention Scheme Update
Job Retention Scheme
|We have written to both the Gambling Commission and AGT to review their fees given the current crisis.
|The Board has agreed that until Racing is resumed the annual 20/21 subscription fees should not be paid.
|This may help some Bookmakers during this time.
Those of you that are classed as "Self-employed" can follow this link to the Universal Credit website and follow their instructions if apply to you.
Some of you maybe classed as a "Small Business" and updates can be followed from the Government webite.
|Grand National Tickets Refund
For all those that bought their tickets via the BRBA.
I have been in touch with the Jockey Club, they have confirmed our refund will be made and could take a couple of weeks. Once this process has been done refunds will be issued ASAP.
Ronald Hall Senior passed away last night after a short illness.
Ron Hall Senior was on course for over 60 years a charactor who regualarly backed and stood by his opinions part of the old school. He will be sorely missed by his sons Ronald of Hallsports and Martin.
Badsworth & Bramham P2P
Unfortunately this meeting ABANDONED. (Updated 9:20am on Monday 16th March 2020).
Message from the Gambling Commission
We are consulting on changes to our regulatory data reporting requirements.
Our proposals seek to make data requirements more efficient for licensees, and for us, by only requesting data that supports our regulatory aims. These changes seek to:
- improve data quality and the efficiency of regulation
- reflect our continued focus on consumers and social responsibility
- ensure requirements are reconciled against our current and future data needs
- streamline our existing requirements and, where possible, reduce regulatory burden
Could you please make your members aware of this consultation and encourage them to offer their views via the link above.
Kenny Gill unfortunately passed away on Monday 2nd March, he was a well respected worker for Billy Day, Matt, BK Racing and many other northern bookmakers. Our sympathies are extended to his family.
Flint and Denbigh
Following an inspection on the 3rd March, due to the track being unraceable the decision has been made to postpone the Flint
and Denbigh Point to Point, from Sunday 8th to Sunday 15th March subject to all the necessary officials being arranged.
(Updated 2:45 pm 3rd March).
Bookmakers who have elected to have their TRP data monies paid to them by the BRBA will now have received their payment
The agenda can be found in the members area for the board meeting being held on 13/02/2020.
The draft minutes from the 95th AGM are available in the Report & Accounts tab on the website.
The winners of the draw for last years Rewards points is in item 4.
For 2020 there will be separate raffles for Cheltenham and Aintree.
Message for all Cheltenham Bookmakers
In line with the practice that has been in operation for several years at The Festival, bookmakers badge purchase - Daily Betting Badges, Annual Marketing Fee payments, AGT Daily Fee payments are now available only online, along with admission tickets - for all Cheltenham race meetings. Those bookmakers on The Festival List will be aware that badges are available in advance, now up until 10.00 on the morning of racing.
For full instructions please follow this link.
I look forward to welcoming on-course bookmakers to Cheltenham in 2020 and beyond, and take this opportunity to wish you and your staff a happy and prosperous New Year.
Heads of Operations
Following last seasons successful trial in the York Clocktower Enclosure of matching the number of picks available to the number of badges purchased from the badge box at pitching in time this will be continued in 2020 when there are less than 30 badges bought on any day.
The policies of no refunds will be continued along with late arrivals betting in the three pitches at the bottom of the steps.
Urgent Notice to ALL Racecourse Bookmakers.
Due to a number of Bookmakers failing a recent age verification test, the Gambling Commission's Enforcement Department has written to those failing.
Our own testing results are still disappointing and we must improve and if you have any doubts about a customer appearing to be under 21, you need to challenge them to prove that they are at least 18.
All On course Bookmakers should be aware that as a result of a warning by the Gambling Commission the BRBA have engaged Serve Legal to perform AV tests on ALL Northern Racecourses. Regrettably the pass rates for ALL those tested are still below expectation and we must warn ALL Bookmakers to be more vigilant. Obviously we are writing to BRBA Members to give them their results.
Following the robust warning from the Gambling Commission on the poor pass rates with AV testing in our sector we have engaged Serve Legal to do random tests in the North and the first results throughout June are very disappointing and we will be writing inform members of their results.
Would ALL involved please continue to be vigilant as your licence is at risk.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL RACECOURSE BOOKMAKERS
Message from RCA
Special Conditions E
AGT, the BRBA and the FRB have just been informed that the Gambling Commission will be taking a more robust approach on Bookmakers failing AV tests and we will write to you shortly.
Please ensure that you display the signage issued by the BRBA & FRB at all times and make your staff aware of your challenge 21 policy.
"We have today (Thursday) published the following on our website:
Consultation on Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) relating to customer interaction
Consultation on Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) relating to additional ADR standards
A call for evidence on gambling website blocking software.
Full details are available on the Consultations page of our website."
Rule 4 information for Bookmakers Tattersalls rule 4
(Racing Post Link)
Urgent Notice Regarding Data Payments
On behalf of our members who attended the Seminar at Dewsbury and were advised not to sign the TTV agreement we instructed the BRBA's Solicitors to establish what payment will be made for the period to 31.03.2018 by the FRB to match the 21 per day paid by the BRBA. The FRB's Solicitors reply is attached which unfortunately is self explanatory. All updates will be posted on this website.
Letter to FRB
Reply from FRB