No help is given to casinos and sports betting offices
In the guidelines of the local authorities for business tariffs, in which offices are informed about who is entitled to tax relief, “casinos and gambling clubs” are expressly excluded.
Betting agencies would be classified as financial services and not as leisure facilities. Therefore, they are not eligible for funding. The answer came a day after the BGC turned to the government and asked for help.
The BGC was then prompted to write a letter to the finance minister.
Among other things, it says:
“The Betting and Gaming Council represents 90 percent of the UK betting and gaming industry, including betting shops, online gambling companies, bingo and casinos. Together, our members employ over 70,000 people and pay over £ 3 billion in taxes each year. ”
Casinos provide entertainment, food and drink to millions of people each year, the letter said. The BGC described the classification of the tax authorities that casinos cannot be assigned to the leisure industry as bizarre.
140 casinos and almost 7,000 betting shops should have closed due to the measures against the spread of the virus. If the government’s attitudes do not change, many companies could be insolvent in a few months.
The BGC added that any measures that could lead to the closure of casinos or betting shops would promote unlicensed operators.