Bacta: the next government should deal with the white paper as soon as possible
white jeansCEO of Bacta, a body representing the amusement and gaming machine industry, addressed the recent political resignations. He took the opportunity to raise the issue of the UK Gambling White Paper and ask the next government to deal with it.
White addressed the resignations
Chris Philip, the British minister for technology and digital has announced his resignation amid protests against the leadership of Boris Johnson. As part of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Philp played a key role in reviewing gambling. Therefore, White continued, it is important that the next government appoint a minister to oversee the “long overdue” white paper. White added that any delay in the review will affect gaming industry workers.
Draft proposals have already been delayed, leaving 20,000 people who work in seaside arcades and adult game centers across the UK in limbo. Any potential further delay would come at an increasingly difficult time for the industry, with rising energy prices and inflation hurting these often small, family-owned businesses.
John White, CEO, Bacta
White also spoke about a recent poll conducted by Bacta members. According to him, inflation and rising prices are the main concerns. For this reason, it is crucial to open discussions on the subject with the new Minister of Games. White said Bacta strongly believes its proposed reforms will help the industry meet the costs of doing business. He also pointed out that current laws prevent Bacta members from changing the prices of some of their products.
Bacta proposed some changes
Bacta listed a few changes he would like Gambling Review to implement. These include a legal requirement to undertake an evidence-based review every three years. Additionally, Bacta is requesting the revision to allow for the creation of a new long game/multi-game sub-category of B slots.
In addition, Bacta argues that the Secretary of State should be able to create subdivisions of Class C machines. This, according to the union, will allow the industry to innovate and introduce new products for pubs. Bacta also said such establishments should not be required to notify authorities when they install Class C and D machines. win a prize.
Finally, the union is calling for the adoption of cashless solutions that provide players with more valuable options to pay for their entertainment.