2016

Bookies ending 2016 in a dark place

Posted on December 22, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling reviews 2016 and efforts to reduce the impact of fixed odds betting terminals on problem gamblers. (more…)

Bookies ending 2016 in a dark place

Posted on December 21, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling reviews 2016 and efforts to reduce the impact of fixed odds betting terminals on problem gamblers. (more…)

Motherwell & Wishaw punters lost almost £3.75m on bookies gaming machines

Posted on December 20, 2016 by admin

Latest figures obtained by the Wishaw Press from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling show the cash was lost on 88 fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) across 20 bookmakers in a 12-month period.

Alarming new statistics show Wishaw and Motherwell punters have lost almost £3.75million in bookmakers’ slot machines.

Latest figures obtained by the Wishaw Press from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling show that across the Motherwell and Wishaw UK parliamentary constituency, £3.74million was lost on 88 fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) across 20 bookmakers in a 12-month period.

Read the full story in The Daily Record. 

If the brightest lights shine from the bookies, a community’s in trouble

Posted on December 20, 2016 by admin

Woodgrange Road, an unremarkable high street in the east London suburb of Forest Gate, has known better times and been known for better things. It was once the home to The Upper Cut, a stellar music venue. The Who played there, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and Nina Simone.

Now the dominant feature along the three-quarters of a mile of Woodgrange Road is its betting shops. Along the promenade of tightly packed premises, five vie for trade: Betfred, Paddy Power, William Hill, JenningsBet and, on the other side of the road, Ladbrokes.

Read the full story in The Guardian. 

Cost of gambling to Government is severely underestimated at £1.2 billion per year

Posted on December 20, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling responds to a recent report on problem gambling and the impact it has on the UK economy. (more…)

Betting powers for Wales win backing from UK ministers

Posted on December 14, 2016 by admin

The power to ban high-stakes gambling machines in Wales will be given to the Welsh Government.

The UK government has confirmed the change as peers prepare for one of the final Wales Bill parliamentary debates.

It means ministers in Wales will get responsibility for licensing gaming machines where the maximum stake is more than £10.

Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne said in November he was prepared to consider the change.

But campaigners say the move does not go far enough as it only applies to new licences and not existing machines, and fear any ban could open the Welsh Government up to a “minefield” of legal challenges.

Read the full story in BBC News. 

Is GambleAware really aware of gambling news?

Posted on December 13, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes that DCMS must ensure all evidence submitted to the FOBT review is relevant and that it paints an accurate picture of problem gambling. (more…)

Problem gambling costs UK up to £1.2bn a year, says report

Posted on December 13, 2016 by admin

Problem gambling costs the UK up to £1.2bn a year, according to a report that its authors say should serve as a “wakeup call” to the government.

The report, commissioned by charity GambleAware and written by the IPPR thinktank, charts the costs associated with problem gambling, such as mental health services, police intervention and homelessness.

It comes with the gambling industry facing increasing scrutiny, including a government review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – often dubbed the “crack cocaine” of gambling due to their addictive nature.

Read more in The Guardian. 

Betting powers for Wales win backing from UK ministers

Posted on December 13, 2016 by admin

The power to ban high-stakes gambling machines in Wales will be given to the Welsh Government.

The UK government has confirmed the change as peers prepare for one of the final Wales Bill parliamentary debates.

It means ministers in Wales will get responsibility for licensing gaming machines where the maximum stake is more than £10.

Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne said in November he was prepared to consider the change.

But campaigners say the move does not go far enough as it only applies to new licences and not existing machines, and fear any ban could open the Welsh Government up to a “minefield” of legal challenges.

Read the full story in the BBC.

What are fixed odds betting terminals and why are they known as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling?

Posted on December 13, 2016 by admin

Problem gamblers are costing the Government up to £1.2 billion per year, new research has found.

A study carried out by the Institute for Public Policy Research and commissioned by GambleAware estimates that problem gamblers cost the Government between £260 million and £1.2 billion each year.

The report covers the use of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) which have frequently come under fire in the past, even labelled as the “crack cocaine of gambling” by the former boss of Paddy Power.

The report found that those aged between 16 and 25 use FOBTs the most, with 12% saying they had used them in the past year.

Read more in ITV News.