BHA CEO Julie Harrington releases statement on affordability checks

The various racing organisations have raised issues with the proposals since they were announced.

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Julie Harrington, British Horseracing Authority (BHA) CEO, has published a statement on the affordability checks.

This comes after a recent parliamentary debate, which was held on 26 February, regarding the potential impacts the proposals could cause.

Harrington began: “Yesterday’s debate on the impact of affordability checks on British racing has shone a light on a hugely important issue for our sport.

“It was vital that MPs were given proper parliamentary time to thoroughly interrogate the Government’s proposals and we were encouraged by the high turnout for a Westminster Hall debate.

“Many MPs made valuable contributions to the debate, and we are sure that Sports Minister Stuart Andrew will have listened with interest to the views expressed.”

The debate was held after a government petition reached 103,000 signatures.

Harrington continued: “From MPs of all parties and all sides of the debate, there was a clear recognition of the need for the Government to protect and support British racing when reviewing gambling legislation.

“If our sport is to remain a healthy industry, supporting jobs in the rural economy and remaining competitive with our international rivals, we hope that the Government will heed this advice.

“We were encouraged by Minister Andrew ruling out the use of job titles and postcodes in the implementation of enhanced spending checks and confirming that these changes will at least be subject to a genuine pilot.”

This isn’t the first time that the BHA has dared to get political though.

In fact, the organisation released another statement recently, in which it explored its relationship and influences in the current UK political landscape.

Finally, Harrington concluded: “We will continue to make the case into the heart of Government that the impact of these checks both on our industry and racing bettors needs to be carefully considered and look forward to further discussions on this important issue for British racing with the Gambling Commission and DCMS.”

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