UK Horserace Levy Consultation Closed

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Feb 25, 2018

Proposal shutters Horserace Betting Levy Board and transfers key responsibilities to the UK Gambling Commission

The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) closed its consultation last week covering changes to administering the Horserace Betting Levy.

The aim of the consultation was to reduce financial and administrative burdens on the betting and horseracing industries.

Key points of the proposal included:

Collection and enforcement of the Levy would be transferred to the UK Gambling Commission.

Expenditure decisions and Levy distribution to the racing industry would be transferred to a nominated body – representative of the British racing industry.

The HBLB would be shuttered following the transference of these responsibilities.

The new system is expected to come into force on April 1, 2019.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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