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A damning report in to ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines calls for a tough clampdown including cutting stakes from £100 to £2 a spin.
The dramatic stake reduction comes as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals ( FOBTs ) are blamed for increasing addiction, suicides and spreading antisocial behaviour to our high streets.
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“Several constituents have signed the 38 degrees petition highlighting concern about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and I do agree with the signatories that these machines can ruin lives. Action is long overdue on this.
In towns and cities across Britain, traditional bookies are being turned into mini-casinos and I share your concern about the impact that high-speed gaming machines – on which people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds – are having on our high streets and town centres…
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The council with Scotland’s highest concentration of betting shops has accused the gambling industry of targeting vulnerable people, while announcing plans to limit the number of new outlets.
In an interview with the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme, West Dunbartonshire Council Planning Chairman, Lawrence O’Neill, accused bookmakers of “feeding on the vulnerable”.
And he said there will be a “presumption against” new betting shops when planning applications are being considered in his area.
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UK gambling operators did their best to charm influential MPs amid a review of the betting industry according to recent reports.
Looking back on a year when the government paid closer attention to the betting industry, the expense sheets of certain politicians showed that there may have been a charm offensive in place.
With everything from gambling tax to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) under scrutiny, operators offered up £20,000 of hospitality to various MPs.
Taking the form of everything from tickets to major horse racing events, including the Grand National, to VIP treatment at sports stadiums, this hospitality was received by some notable figures.
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UK bookmaker William Hill is catching heat from both rival bookies and anti-gambling parliamentarians over “appalling” tactics it employed to poach betting customers.
On Friday, the Guardianreported that staff at betting shops run by bookmakers Ladbrokes-Coral and Betfred had reported bizarre scenes of Hills staffers appearing outside their shops waving flashlights to attract the attention of punters inside.
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Former Culture Secretary Baroness Tessa Jowell last week demanded stricter regulations on gambling, despite having relaxed the law in 2005.
Speaking in the House of Lords on Thursday, Jowell called on the Government to increase regulation of the number of betting shops and gaming machines on the high street.
Baroness Jowell was responsible for bringing in the Gambling Act 2005, an action she still defends.
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The UK government has proposed a bill which will devolve its control over fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) with maximum stakes over £10. Labour will make a final push to give the welsh government more power to ban fixed-odds betting terminals with maximum stakes of £2 or more when the “Wales Bill” returns to the Commons.
Jo Stevens, Shadow Welsh Secretary, says that the extension of this power is necessary for the welsh government to “end the harm” FOBTs were doing to areas of low employment.
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William Hill has been accused of “appalling” behaviour after encouraging torch-waving staff to visit rival bookmakers and lure gamblers into its own shops with the promise of free bets.
The bizarre tactic is part of William Hill’s efforts to exploit a dispute between two of its competitors – Ladbrokes-Coral and Betfred – and horse-racing TV channel the Racing Partnership.
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The council with Scotland’s highest concentration of betting shops is to use new powers to limit the number of new premises in town centres.
West Dunbartonshire Council planning chairman Lawrence O’Neill said a “presumption against” new shops meant they would probably be rejected.
He accused betting shops “of feeding on the vulnerable”.
Read the full story on the BBC Scotland Website