Anger as Tories block £2 cap on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines despite plea from 93 councils

Posted on July 17, 2015 by admin

Furious campaigners have attacked the Tories for blocking a bid to limit ‘crack cocaine’ betting machine stakes to £2.

Activists, 93 councils and a Sunday People campaign have begged the ‘out of touch’ government to lower the cap on the computer terminals from £100.

Read the full article on the Mirror online and vote ‘yes’ in the poll if you agree that the maximum stake on FOBTs should be lowered to £2.

£2 betting machine limit rejected by government

Posted on July 17, 2015 by admin

A bid to have the maximum bet on some gambling machines significantly reduced has been rejected by the government.

Some 93 councils in England and Wales called for the highest stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to be cut from £100 to £2.

Newham Council, which led the campaign, said the move would help prevent clusters of betting shops, particularly in deprived areas.

Read the full article on BBC News online.

David Cameron poses threat to proposed law to curb high-stakes gambling machines

Posted on July 13, 2015 by admin

Lib Dem peer Tim Clement-Jones’ Gambling Bill would stop Fixed Odds Betting Terminals being able to swallow up to £100 in 20 seconds.

A proposed new law to reduce bets on high-stakes gaming machines to £2 is under threat – because David Cameron has no time for it, writes Nigel Nelson in the Sunday People.

Read the article on the Mirror online.

David Cameron’s new cabinet clashes over high-stakes gaming machine laws

Posted on June 8, 2015 by admin

David Cameron’s new ministers are at odds over addictive high-stakes ­gaming machines.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has ­spoken up for controversial fixed-odds betting terminals while gambling minister Tracey Crouch, also ­appointed last week, has hit out at them.

Read the full story at The Mirror online

Casino-style gambling machines have led to a rise in crime, say campaigners

Posted on June 1, 2015 by admin

Controversial casino-style gambling machines are responsible for a 20 per cent rise in crime at betting shops as addicted punters turn violent, campaigners say.

New figures show that betting shops across the country were forced to call out police officers 9,083 times last year, an increase of 1,600 incidents on the previous year.

Campaigners say that highly addictive fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which offer casino-style games including roulette in bookmaker shops, are to blame for the spike in crime, which includes players vandalising machines and abusing staff.

Read the full article in The Independent online.

A Welcome Break and a £500 loss on the FOBT?

Posted on May 14, 2015 by admin

Outlook Did you think that his views on the BBC would be the only controversy that the new Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, would be engaged in, less than a week after his surprise appointment? Au contraire.

Mr Whittingdale, it appears, is a fan of fixed odds betting terminals. Or he has at least spoken in support of them. FOBTs are a fixture in betting shops up and down the country and have, until recently, provided a very big earnings stream for the industry.

Read the full article in The Independent online.

John Whittingdale’s appointment as Culture Secretary dismays gambling addiction charities

Posted on May 14, 2015 by admin

Betting addiction charities have reacted with dismay to the appointment of the “pro-gambling” John Whittingdale as David Cameron’s new Culture Secretary.

The appointment of a former political secretary to Margaret Thatcher – seen as a victory for Tory right-wingers who want more influence over the party leadership – is already proving divisive due to Mr Whittingdale’s views on the BBC and equal rights.

Read the full article in The Independent online.

Bookmakers elated Tories will keep cash flowing from gaming machines

Posted on May 11, 2015 by admin

Racing and bookmakers reacted warmly to David Cameron’s success in the General Election, with bookies in particular queueing up to express their delight. “Economically, a change in government could have led to uncertainty and it is important for racing and betting that this is not the case,” Simon Clare, Coral’s PR director said. “Sticking with what we know seems the best way forward for racing and betting.”

Leaving aside the obvious point that there has been a change in government, from a coalition to a single-party majority, none of the major gambling firms mentioned the principal reason for their collective sigh of relief on Friday morning.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Gaming machines in betting shops could be banned, says Labour

Posted on April 17, 2015 by admin

The Labour Party has said it will give local councils the power to ban high-stakes gaming machines from betting shops if they cause antisocial behaviour.

“Communities will be able to review betting shop licenses in their area and reduce the number of fixed-odds betting terminals in existing betting shops — or ban them entirely — in response to local concerns,” the party said in its manifesto, which was released on Monday.

Read the full article in The Financial Times online.

Reduce problem gambling by reducing the stakes on fixed odds machines

Posted on March 30, 2015 by admin

HILARY Douglas of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) claims (Letters, March 24) that the £160m cited in your report (“Scots problem gamblers losing tens of millions on controversial fixed odds machines”, The Herald, March 290)relates to the turnover on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in Scotland and not the total losses.

Read the full article in the Herald Scotland online.