The Association of Racecourse Bookmakers
The ARB was formed in 1999 when the Birmingham and Midland BPA disbanded and formed a new association. It then became a founder member of the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers together with the NAB and RBA.
Our aim is to represent our members through the FRB and AGT in the best and fairest way possible.
27/05/2020 - Following continued discussions
on behalf of our members, we are pleased that the RCA have made the
Coronavirus - May 2020
The FRB have taken several steps to ensure
our members’ concerns are drawn to the attention of the Government
during the lockdown.
1. MPs have
written directly to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to highlight the
particular needs of the on-course industry. We have stressed it is
essential that support is given to us once racing returns, as we
cannot earn a living if racing is conducted behind closed doors.
2. We have also
been in touch with MPs who have the 59 racecourses in their
constituency to ask for their support for the on-course industry. In
doing so, we highlighted the differences between on and off course
bookmaking to ensure that we are treated differently to bookmakers
who have multiple offerings.
3. Via a Member
of Parliament who is a member of a key Commons Select Committee, we
have made contact with the Permanent Secretary at the Department for
Culture, Media and Sport (Sarah Healey). During a recent Committee
hearing with the Permanent Secretary and the Chief Executive of the
Gambling Commission, the specific question of support for on-course
bookmakers was asked, and Ms Healey suggested the MP contacted her
for a more detailed briefing meeting.
4. Next steps
will be to review the response from Government to our lobbying once
the Chancellor has replied. We will also be drafting written and
oral parliamentary questions to keep the pressure up and make sure
that Ministers and Civil Servants are aware of the impact of
lockdown on FRB membership.
5. We are
current working on a proposal to put to racecourses so that all
parties are clear what procedures will need to be put in place in
order to allow on-course bookmakers to return to work once racing
opens to the public.