In the House of Commons today, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston MP announced that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are putting together a package of financial support for sports that have been adversely impacted by the lockdown. The Minister recognised that without spectators many sectors are prevented from earning a living and has pledged Government support. Details of the scheme and the criteria for inclusion have not yet been announced as it is being finalised.
The FRB has, through our parliamentary supporters, contacted Mr Huddleston to request a meeting so that he can fully appreciate how we differ from our off-course and on-line counterparts and why support from the Government is vital. In addition, we have contacted the Labour spokesman with a request for a briefing meeting. Next week there is a wide-ranging debate in the House of Commons on the impact of COVID-19 on all industries covered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and we have conducted an extensive briefing campaign to ensure our points are raised in the debate.
RMG Payments Q2
When we contacted you on the 17th April 2020 we informed you that although none of us would be recording Racecourse Attendances for Q2 that we were in negotiations with T.R.P. regarding payments going forward and that we were hopeful to be in a position whereby some form of ex-gratia payment could be considered.
We are pleased to confirm that we find ourselves in a position, due to the contractual terms previously negotiated on your behalf with T.R.P., to be able to make such a payment to all our T.R.P. registered colleagues.
A number of options have been considered as to how this payment should be calculated and after consultation with our professional advisors it was agreed that payments to each colleague would be based on their equivalent attendances and payments made to them for those attendances for Q2 at respective racecourses for the 2019 season.
We are pleased to confirm that this payment equates to 40% of the payments you received for the equivalent period in 2019.
Work has started on collating the relevant data, which you will appreciate is a long and time-consuming process, and once completed your respective payment will be made to you in the usual way.
This has only been achievable by Bookmakers staying united and working together under the F.R.B. umbrella.
We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to the day when all our lives return to some form of normality.
The NAB Board would like to pay tribute to the late Danny McNab. Danny served as an NAB Director for almost 16 years and his contributions were always valued and welcomed, although he retired in 2018 from the NAB, Danny will be greatly missed.
Update - July 2020
As many of you will have no doubt seen, there are several news items referring to the resumption of racing at British racecourses.
Members of AGT’s Technical Sub-Committee were invited to discuss with the RCA representatives how we can safely get bookmakers back on the racecourse and resume business. Our representatives have made it clear that we wish to include as many bookmakers as possible when racing resumes but we must make it clear that within the terms of our contracts we (The bookmakers) are not permitted to set or limit bookmaker numbers.
We now await proposals from the RCA and BHA with regard to bookmaker attendances and would urge you all to keep yourself up to date by regularly visiting both the BHA and RCA websites.
Updates across the associations’ websites will appear as and when we have further information.
Here’s looking forward to safely getting back to work.
The Directors, FRB.
Newbury racecourse have responded and have stated that they do not require betting services and thanked us for our offer and assistance.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Graham Billington, who bet as JP Doyle, peacefully at home on 31st May 2020, following a short battle with cancer.
Following continued discussions on behalf of our members, we are pleased that the RCA have made the following announcement...
Data Payments going forward
FRB Proposed Revised Gambling Fees - Response from Gambling Commission
FRB Proposed Revised Gambling Fees - Letter to Gambling Commission