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The Rails Bookmakers Association is the representative body for those bookmakers who operate from the members rail on British Racecourses.

The Association is proactive in both the political and legal spheres, enabling it to maintain the status and prestige that has long been associated with membership.

In 2003 we, along with the NAB and ARB, were founding members of the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers, an association formed at the behest of government, to submit and foster those issues common to our industry and our input has been pivotal in acheiving the establishment of Copyright, a fairer Levy Scheme, reduced NJPC contributions.

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"Our strength is in our solidarity"

Ever mindful of the need to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing industry, our representation on the Administration of Gambling on Tracks and Local Joint Pitch Council offers our representatives the opportunity to pursue the principle aims and objectives of members and affords us the opportunity of building stronger links with those sections of the industry who historically, through a lack of understanding, have failed to grasp the complexities surrounding our part of the industry.

Our strength derives from our diversity of membership, from small independents, leading independents and those public companies with both on and off course and internet estates. Any bookmaker who bets on the rails should make membership a priority.
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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.


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