Accusations of inaccuracy against UK gambling lobby group prior to parliamentary committee appearance
The BGC faces accusations of making inaccurate statements regarding gambling regulation ahead of its chief executive's appearance before a parliamentary committee
The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC), the main lobbying organization for the UK gambling industry, has been accused of making misleading statements about gambling regulation.
The BGC's chief executive, Michael Dugher, is scheduled to appear before a parliamentary committee to discuss government proposals for improving gambling regulation.
Concerns were raised regarding a BGC press release that referenced a report commissioned by the lobby group, which highlighted a spike in the use of illegal betting sites during the 2022 World Cup.
However, the full report, obtained by The Guardian, described the overall penetration of the parallel market as "low" and accounted for a small percentage of UK gambling spend.
The BGC's accuracy in representing various positions and statistics related to regulations has come under scrutiny.