2017

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

Analysts wary of Tracey Crouch comments in FOBT report

Posted on January 31, 2017 by admin

Analysts are forecasting problems for the betting industry after a report by a group of British MPs recommended that the maximum stake on the controversial Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs)found in betting shops should be reduced from £100 to £2.

The bookmakers have already lambasted the report, and the MPs behind it, but the market has noticed comments by minister for gambling Tracey Crouch in the report and believes they spell bad news for the retail betting industry.

Read the full story on SBC News

Government has a clear case to take action on FOBTs

Posted on January 31, 2017 by admin

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has published its report today on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), highlighting the devastating effects that FOBTs have had on society and calling on the Government to act.

The report states that the Government has a prima facie case for significantly reducing the £100 stake that can be wagered on FOBTs to £2. The Inquiry noted there is strong support for such a move from Members of Parliament from all political parties and in both Houses of Parliament as well as amongst a majority of the general public.

Read the full story on the CARE website

Will the Bonus King support flutter free February?

Posted on January 31, 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…)

Damning report into ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines calls for drastic changes in the stakes

Posted on January 30, 2017 by admin

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.

Read the full story in The Mirror

Helen shares her constituents’ concerns over Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on January 30, 2017 by admin

“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…

Read the full story on Helen Goodman’s website

‘Betting shops prey on the vulnerable’, says council chief

Posted on January 27, 2017 by admin

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.

Read more on the Christian Institute Website