2012

Our challenge to the ABB in Coinslot

Posted on September 17, 2012 by admin

See the latest edition of Coinslot, where we challenge the latest claims from the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). Read it here.

Campaign quoted in Lancashire Telegraph

Posted on September 16, 2012 by admin

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones and betting chain William Hill have been at odds over shops recently. In a recent article MP Graham Jones supported our recommendations for FOBTs and challenged the number of betting shops in his borough. Read the full story here.

Matt Zarb-Cousin joins Campaign for Fairer Gambling

Posted on September 13, 2012 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has retained Matt Zarb-Cousin to help get its message out.

 

Matt, whose previous roles have included a researcher in the House of Commons,  will work on the Campaign with founder Derek Webb to highlight the issues surrounding “FOBTs” (fixed odds betting terminals), also known as B2 machines – the machines found offering roulette in high street betting shops. These machines were introduced when the betting shop sector was unregulated and then legitimised by the Labour Party in the 2005 Gambling Act. They have since multiplied to such an extent that they have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

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Letter to the Gambling Commission

Posted on September 11, 2012 by admin

Read our response to Philip Graf, Chair of the Gambling Commission from his recent interview in This is Money

DCLG Consultation submission

Posted on September 11, 2012 by admin

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are undertaking a consultation entitled:”New opportunities for sustainable development and growth through the reuse of existing buildings”. Read our submission here, urging reform in the planning system so that bookmakers are put into their own specific use class, so that local people can address serious issues of proliferation.

Campaign Challenges Gambling Commission’s ‘Misleading’ Claims

Posted on September 6, 2012 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling is again challenging the assertions of the Gambling Commission. The Commission issued a Bulletin to its licensing authorities shortly after an advert was placed in a public service magazine about breaching of betting licenses, which attempted to clarify assertions by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling that the turnover generated by FOBTs changes the primary purpose of betting shops from betting to gaming, which would constitute a breach of license. (more…)

FOBT stakes reduction plans welcomed

Posted on September 5, 2012 by admin

Following the Lib Dem announcement regarding the proposed reduction in stakes on FOBTs, Intergame ran our response, welcoming the plans and reinforcing the recommendations we have been campaigning for. Read the story online here.

Daily Mail online: Ministers plot new curbs on gambling machine

Posted on September 3, 2012 by admin

Daily Mail online: Ministers plot new curbs on gambling machines that allow punters to stake £15,000 an hour

Read more here

Coinslot International: War of Words on Category B machines

Posted on September 1, 2012 by admin

We made the front page and editor’s comment. Thanks for your support Coinslot!

Association of British Bookmakers research 2006

Posted on September 1, 2012 by admin

In 2006 the Association of British Bookmakers undertook research into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). The findings of the research can be found below:

Report summary (section 1)

Responses to the initial report

A second report