2017

BBC Radio 5 Live – August 24th 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

Following the publication of data compiled by the Gambling Commission – the body that regulates and licences the gambling industry in the United Kingdom – showing that the number of problem gamblers has risen to more than 400,000, Radio 5 Live looks at FOBTs and whether they should have the stakes slashed.

First up, Tim Miller from the Gambling Commission discusses the new report, and Campaign spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin talks about the devastating impact gambling addiction can have. Listen back to their interview at 1 hour 7 minutes.

Second, Carolyn Harris MP of the All Party Parliamentary Group takes on the Association of British Bookmakers in their interview. Listen back to the piece at 2 hours 7 minutes.

‘The temptation is always there’: readers on the rise of problem gamblers in the UK

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

The number of British problems gamblers has grown by a third rising to more than 400,000 according to a report by the Gambling Commission.

There has also been an increase in addiction among those who play fixed-odds betting terminals, with some betting shops criticised for allowing customers to spend up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

More than two million people could turn into gambling addicts: Regulator warns huge expansion in online betting has left 4% of the population ‘at risk’

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

More than two million people are addicted to gambling or at risk of developing a problem, regulators have warned.

A huge expansion in online betting sites has left almost 4 per cent of the population ‘at risk’ said the Gambling Commission.

Read the full story in the Daily Mail.

Problem gambling grows by 50% in three years

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

The scale of the gambling epidemic sweeping Britain was laid bare yesterday by official figures showing that 430,000 people in the UK have a serious gambling problem, up from 280,000 in 2012.

A 50 per cent increase in three years has raised pressure on the government to place curbs on the betting industry. Excluding the National Lottery, the number of people who gamble has jumped by almost a million, according to the Gambling Commission research.

Read the full story in The Times.

More than two million Brits have a problem with gambling

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

More than two million people in Britain may be problem gamblers, research claims.

The figures have sparked calls for the Government to do more to tackle gambling addiction.

Read the full story in The Sun.

More bad news for the bookies

Posted on August 24, 2017 by admin

With more FOBT media coverage this week, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling makes a second contribution drawing together recent articles on fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises more than 400,000

Posted on August 24, 2017 by admin

The number of problem gamblers in the UK has risen to more than 400,000 according to an update by industry regulator, the Gambling Commission, which warns that more needs to be done to tackle the problem.

The report, the first to cover the whole of the UK since 2010, found that 0.8% of the adult population can be classed as having a gambling problem.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Two million Brits are addicted to gambling or at risk of becoming hooked

Posted on August 24, 2017 by admin

Two million gamblers are hooked or at risk of addiction, a watchdog has warned.

More than 400,000 are already deemed problem punters, with regulators demanding tougher action to prevent people developing a habit.

Read the full story in the Daily Mirror.

UK has 400000 problem gamblers, report finds

Posted on August 24, 2017 by admin

Problem gambling is now widely recognised as a clinical addiction, a pursuit that can lead to poverty and ruins lives.

And a new report by the Gambling Commission has revealed the full extent of damaging habits, estimating that the UK now has 400,000 problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Big Issue.

FOBT crime will prevent a Judicial Review of a £2 maximum stake

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling discusses the implications of recent news stories on bookmakers. (more…)