The Campaign for Fairer Gambling criticises the work of the All Party Parliamentary Betting and Gaming Group and writes that the group should focus on protecting gambling consumers rather than protecting the bookmaking firms, many of which are located offshore.
The Church of England has waded into the ongoing debate over fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK, calling on the government to lower the maximum stake for games to £2.
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The Church of England is today set to back a call to lower the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to as little as £2.
In a co-ordinated campaign against the machines known as gambling’s “crack cocaine”, the London Diocese will move that members of the General Synod lobby the government to cut the maximum stake on the betting terminals “very substantially”.
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Betting machines that allow people to spend £100 a minute should be tighter regulated and the maximum spend slashed, the Church of England’s ruling body has said.
General Synod decided unanimously to back a motion that calls on the government to impose a top stake of £2 a go.
It was a “matter of urgency” that ministers brought in new laws to regulate the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), the motion said.
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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith, as a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), has called on the government to take against the machines.
The All-Party Group, formed to investigate the impact of FOBTs on communities, launched an inquiry in June 2016 which invited policymakers, bookmakers, those with gambling addictions and others to submit evidence.
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The Campaign for Fairer Gambling urges MPs to support its aims and that of the APPG on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to reduce the maximum stake on these machines to £2 per spin. (more…)
Church demands action on ‘pernicious’ betting machines: Call to slash huge stakes on shop terminals that ’cause misery’
The Church of England is to urge a Government clampdown on controversial betting machines – described as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – at its General Synod next week.
The Diocese of London has filed a motion to the Synod slamming the fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) as ‘a pernicious form of high street gambling … wholly lacking in any social benefit’ and ‘causing great harm and misery to thousands of people’.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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