2017

‘I lost everything’ – Cardiff woman warns of gambling dangers

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

A woman from Cardiff has spoken out about the dangers of gambling, after she was imprisoned for a crime she committed to fuel her addiction.

Sarah Grant says she started gambling from a young age after growing up in a pub environment surrounded by fruit machines. It began to develop into a much more serious problem when she started betting online.

She successfully managed to hide her addiction from friends and family for over 15 years, until she was jailed for theft last year.

Read the full story on the ITV News website

Gamblers urged to take part in ‘Flutter-Free’ February

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

Those who gamble in Wales are being encouraged to pledge to stop gambling in February to raise awareness of the emotional and financial problems it can cause.

Flutter-Free February is a new campaign by ‘Beat the Odds’ which encourages those who gamble online or at the bookies to stop for the next month.

Pledges are also encouraged to send a thumbs-up selfie to show support for the campaign and raise awareness.

Read the full story on the ITV website

Government must act on betting terminals, urges Christian charity

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

There are fresh calls from a Christian charity that the government reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to just £2.

Care has been speaking out after the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on FOBTs published its final report of a six-month inquiry.

Following growing disquiet among politicians about the harm being caused on Britain’s high streets by the machines, the MPs have recommended a cut in the maximum stake.

Read the full story in Premier

Bookmakers ‘in denial’ as ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ report released

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

Bookmakers who refused to take part in an inquiry into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) are ‘in denial’ of the serious problems associated with the machines, the inquiry has found.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on FOBTs made the comments as it released its report into the machines.

FOBTs allow gamblers to wager up to £100 every 20 seconds and are often dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling because of their addictive nature.

Read the full story on the Christian Institute Website

Why MPs want to drive stake into heart of money machines

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

So-called FOBTs are taking over the high street, according to Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales. Now MPs agree that Government should intervene.

A Parliamentary report into the lure of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – the so-called “crack cocaine of gambling” has backed calls for a £2 maximum stake on the machines.

Read the full story in The Wharf

FOBTs in UK provoke serious debate between their defenders and opponents?

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

The reduction of the maximum stake at the FOBTs in UK remains a hot topic for gambling Britain: the Association of British Bookmakers with raises serious accusations

The All-Party-Parliamentary-Group (APPG) has announced a report yesterday according to which the possibility for wagering up at a fixed-odds betting terminal-FOBT in UK should be reduced to a maximum of GBP 2. As gambling news report, according to the current regulations the maximum stake per spin is GBP 100. However, due to the various campaigns by the organization Campaign for Fairer Gambling which pointed out to evidence of addiction, suicide and violence related to FOBTs, the parliament took serious steps. However their suggesstion for cutting the maximum stake at a FOBT atonly GBP 2 provoked serious reaction by the members of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB)

Read the full story on Gamingzion.com

The murky battleground over Fixed Odds Betting Terminals is of MPs’ making

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

An Independent Opinion Piece

“The All-Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs is right to be concerned about the machines, but it has weakened its case by accepting donations from companies that operate rival products”

Read the full story in The Independent

Will parliamentarians and GambleAware support Flutter-Free February?

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about initiatives put forward by betting companies to eradicate problem gambling and encourage gamblers to reduce the time or amounts they gamble. (more…)

MPs And Newham Council Crack Down On High-Stakes Gambling

Posted on January 31, 2017 by admin

NEWHAM COUNCIL warmly welcomes a Parliamentary report calling on the Government to slash the maximum stake allowed on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

The decision by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), who’ve been studying the machines, dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”, follows a long running campaign by local authorities, headed by Newham.

In November 2014 Newham led 92 other local authorities from across the political spectrum to submit a Sustainable Communities Act submission to reduce the stakes on FOBTs.

Read the full story in The Voice

High stakes of fixed odds betting terminals must be reduced, MPs sa

Posted on January 31, 2017 by admin

Councils have welcomed recommendations that the maximum stakes of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are dramatically reduced and powers granted to councils to regulate the gambling machines.

An All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) review of FOBTs has urged the Government to reduce their maximum stakes from £100 to £2.

Read the full story on the Local Gov website