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Members will be pleased to know that the template or the money laundering risk assessment that is required is available on the Gambling Commission page of the website or (Click Here).

We would like to thank all those who have posted on the Members forum regarding the problems of filing their Gaming Duty returns.

A précis of idea is posted in the forum for members only area of the website.

We have now received the first quarter attendance details for those Bookmakers who have contracted directly through us with TRP and initial payments by BACS will start to be made this week.


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BRBA Data payments

Starting this year it is intended to pay both TTV & TRP data payments directly by BACS.
For those members who haven’t received a cheque for the TTV February payment please
check with their Bank.

The Associations updated Till Rolls with the Gambling Helpline number on the back will be available for the Randox Health Grand National.

Please order through the office in the normal way.

Members latest newsletter - (Click Here)

FRB- members are advised to ignore the recent letter, a rehash of the one sent out before Christmas, which we have commented upon [see below- 20/12/2016].

BOOKMAKERS' UMBRELLAS- who makes them please ?
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Members are requested to see the latest notice from the Gambling Commission regarding processing times which is on the dedicated Gambling Commission page and all new licence applicants should please note the following.

(Follow this link)

Announcement from Thirsk Racecourse Family Day Sunday 30th April 2017.
The  Racecourse will be operating a single Enclosure policy outside the Premier Enclosure for this day with a £10 entrance fee for entry to the Family Enclosure and the Paddock Enclosure.
We are very pleased to announce that The Racecourse Management will only be basing the Family Enclosure Bookmakers badge fee @'50% of the amount paid by Paddock Bookmakers.

Plan for Royal Ascot Village 2017.
Ascot are to introduce the Royal Ascot Village, on the heath side of the track for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Royal Meeting 2017. Further details can be found on the Ascot  website at The plan is to relocate the heath enclosure 100 -120m East (down the track away from the winning post). Bookmakers for the Royal Ascot Village enclosure will be taken from the Heath list on a short term licence allowing a bookmaker to occupy a new betting position. Bookmaker numbers for this new enclosure are presently fairly fluid and final decisions will be based nearer the event when ticket sale numbers are known. For clarification the existing positions servicing the Village Restaurant will be unaffected. We will of coursekeep everyone informed and for clarification Ascot are looking to arrange a meeting in the coming month to discuss details. If anyone wants to talk about any aspect of this please feel free to call me.

Given the rapid technological advances being made at the moment members may wish to wait before making any major purchases of new equipment until a decision is made on the new LCD boards.

“I would like to thank all those members who, so generously, donated to my
retirement gift.  I was overwhelmed at the presentation of two fabulous
paintings of both rugby and cricket at Headingley (one of my favourite
places), and also some cash, which will be put to good use at our winter
home in Spain!  I intend to visit at least one Point to Point before the
end of the season and will try to get to one of the northern racecourses in
the summer. I hope then to thank some of you personally.  Best wishes to
you all for 2017.”

Linda McDonnell.


Press Notice from DCMS on Levy Reform - (Click Here)

Members are advised to ignore the FRB's latest offer unless you will be having over 75 attendances in a year.
The BRBA offer has a 150 fixed fee so only those attending more than 75 days will be better off.

For those that have signed with the BRBA please follow the TRP instruction and do nothing.
As mentioned in previous Newsletters Charitable Donations for members has been addressed and when last years payments are made by the FRB are made we will update you then.

Levy Replacement

Representatives of the Association met with the DCMS last Thursday and in accordance with our policy of keeping members fully informed on all industry issues our submission is available to view in the documents download section or find it here. (Click Here)


 Although the BRBA has arranged specified daily rate quarterly data payments for bookmakers from Turf TV Courses from 1st June 2016 and TRP courses from the 1st January 2017 ALL bookmakers are still owed their full data payments for the last financial year.

Because of the problems of certain data periods not running concurrently we have asked the FRB to

·        Specify how much of the 2016 money (usually about £1.1m) is available for distribution

·        Disclose what the payments will be to enable Bookmakers to decide which body they wish to administer their payments.

·        Bring forward these payments as the new contracts are starting and to avoid

any confusion and give Bookmakers their outstanding payments.

The FRB’s non committal reply, posted along with our request is in the downloads section. We would advise Bookmakers to seek clarity on the above points from the FRB along with how much the FRB will pay to those who have remained with them for TTV  & TRP.

You will also see in the documents section the FRB’s 2015 Accounts. After reading them we are sure you will share our concerns over the increasing  levels of expenditure out of your data money.

PTP- Please can colleagues opt in/ opt out using the established procedure ONLY.

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Personal emails/ private calls/ calls to the office add an extra administrative layer and cannot be guaranteed to reach the PTP Chairman, whereas wherever he is JES will be looking at the specified email addy.

Gambling Commission: have reissued licences, which you should print off and keep and have available for ID on- course, for sending to BRBA and AGT. The rest of the documents [are the rules/ conditions and codes of practice under which your licence operates, which you should obviously know], none remote and/ or remote as the case may be.

Gambling Commission- Colleagues may wish to check out the relevant forum section, where current advice on compliance visits has been posted.

Racecourse Association:

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.

Very Important Notice
At a meeting of the RCA Gambling Administration Group our new association was discussed. It was decided that the RCA (Racecourse Association) would recognise the BRBA (former NBPA) and encourage all racecourses to liaise with us on relevant on-course betting matters.
Your Board looks forward to working with racecourses on your behalf, in future.
This shows that the concern, expressed by some members,  that as an independent association our influence with racecourses would wane is unfounded

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.


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.
From a combination of further ‘Think 21’ and underage testing, the Commission will assess whether the required improvements in on-course controls are being evidenced.

Yours faithfully,
Matthew Hill
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.


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.


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.


Umbrella Advertising
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.


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.


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