2016

Power to ban fixed-odds betting terminals could be devolved

Posted on November 18, 2016 by admin

The UK government has agreed to consider giving Wales the power to ban fixed-odds betting terminals. Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne said he will look at the issue again after protests in the House of Lords.

Gambling is currently reserved to Westminster, although responsibility for high-stakes machines is being devolved to Scotland.

Labour peer and AM Baroness Morgan tabled an amendment to the Wales Bill to give Wales responsibility over them.

Read the full story on BBC Online

Wales Seek to wrest control of their FOBT ‘problem’ from UK government

Posted on November 18, 2016 by admin

The Welsh Government are seeking responsibility to govern the regulations surrounding Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, taking control from Westminster, after issuing an amendment to the Wales Bill.

Read the full story on CalvinAyre.com

UK government may devolve power to ban FOBTs

Posted on November 18, 2016 by admin

The UK government has said it will consider granting Wales the power to ban fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) within its borders.

According to the BBC, Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne pledged to look at the issue again following protests in the House of Lords.

Although UK gambling law is currently under the jurisdiction of Westminster, responsibility for high-stakes machines is being devolved to Scotland, and Labour peer Baroness Morgan has tabled an amendment to the Wales Bill in order to give the county similar powers.

Read the full story in iGaming Business

Power to ban FOBTs could be devolved by UK government

Posted on November 18, 2016 by admin

The UK government is to consider giving Wales the power to ban Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), also known as B2 machines, at its own discretion. The move comes after Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne pledged to review the issue again following protests in the House of Lords.

Authority over gambling is currently reserved to Westminster, but this is set to change as responsibility for FOBTs is already being devolved to Scotland. Labour peer Baroness Morgan tabled an amendment to the Wales Bill to give the country similar powers.

Read the full story in Gambling Insider

Reviewing the Gambling Review – part three: ‘Responsible’ gambling

Posted on November 18, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling publishes the latest in a series of articles about the DCMS Review of ‘Gambling Machines and Social Responsibility Measures’. (more…)

Clean up your act or risk licence, bookmakers told

Posted on November 10, 2016 by admin

Bookmakers risk losing their operating licences if they do not improve the way they treat customers and fail to stop money laundering, the head of the Gambling Commission has said.

Sarah Harrison, chief executive of the regulator, used a speech yesterday to warn gambling operators in the audience that they also face bigger fines if they do not clean up their act.

Read the full story in The Times

Reviewing the Gambling Review – part two: Economics

Posted on November 9, 2016 by admin

Derek Webb from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes the second of five articles on the DCMS Review. (more…)

Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures – Call for Evidence

Posted on November 8, 2016 by admin

A written statement from Tracey Crouch

I wish to inform the House that on 24th October 2016, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published a terms of reference and a call for evidence for a review of gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the gambling industry.

The review will be considering robust evidence on the appropriate maximum stakes and prizes for gaming machines across all premises licensed under the Gambling Act 2005; the number and location of gaming machines across all licensed premises; and social responsibility measures to protect players from gambling-related harm (including whether there is evidence on the impacts of gambling advertising and whether the right rules are in place to protect children and vulnerable people).

The review will include a close look at the issue of B2 gaming machines (more commonly known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – FOBTs) and specific concerns about the harm they cause, be that to the player or the communities in which they are located.

In launching this review I want to ensure that legislation strikes the right balance between allowing the industry to grow and contribute to the economy whilst ensuring consumers and communities are protected, including those who are just about managing.

The call for evidence period will close on 4 December, following which Government will consider proposals based on robust evidence provided to assist in our decisions.

Relevant documents have been published on the gov.uk website and copies will be deposited in the libraries of both houses.

The statement originally appeared on the Houses Parliament website

Review of the Gambling Review – Part one: The Evidence

Posted on November 2, 2016 by admin

Derek Webb, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling founder provides more insights into the FOBT debate as DCMS has now announced its review of gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the gambling industry. (more…)

Meet the father and son campaigning against the gambling industry

Posted on November 1, 2016 by admin

Two years ago in April, David Bradford came home to his family and told them he was going to be off to court. All he told them about the case was that he had some issues with his previous employer and that they didn’t need to worry, he would be coming home right away and everything was going to be fine.

What David didn’t tell his family that day was that, between January 2011 and October 2012, he had stolen over £50,000 from his employer to fund his secret gambling habit and this was his sentencing.

Read the full story in The National Student