The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) called on the UK Chancellor for help to save thousands of jobs in the gambling industry.
The latest recommendations provided by the Government include avoiding social contacts, large gatherings in public spaces and non-essential travel. The CEO of the BGC, Michael Dugher, described the current situation as an unprecedented challenge to keep both customers and employees safe.
The BGC has called on the Government to provide assistance to businesses and employees who are impacted by the recent broadcast. They also asked the Chancellor to make employment costs their priority and provide additional time on Pay As You Earn and the NIC liabilities.
The Betting and Gaming Council also wants to ensure business rates relief, additional time to pay on duties and corporation tax, and a temporary suspension to consultation periods. According to the BGC, customers levels are dropping 90% at certain casinos, while sports betting experienced a decrease of 60%. The Council considers this to be a national crisis and calls the Government to look upon countries like Spain and France who have provided temporary financial support for affected businesses.