2017

Labour threatens to tax betting giants – and use the funds to put gambling addicts through therapy

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

Betting firms could be made to pay a levy on profits to fund support for gambling addicts. Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson will announce at conference a review of gambling addiction and the strain it puts on the NHS.

Read the full story in the Daily Mirror.

The hidden epidemic of gambling addiction in Britain costs us all dearly

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

There’s a hidden epidemic of gambling addiction in Britain and we need to act now to end it. That’s why Labour is asking if the gambling industry should meet the cost of treating punters who struggle with addiction.

Read the full story in the Daily Mirror.

42 minutes, £2,600 lost: The UK’s growing gambling problem

Posted on September 23, 2017 by admin

Tony Franklin entered a betting shop in northwest London one morning last week and paid 300 pounds, or around $400, into a gambling machine – and lost that money within 16 minutes.

Then he paid in another £300. Then a further £1,000 six minutes later. And 20 minutes after that, a final £1,000.

Read the full story in The New York Times.

Advertising regulator questions ‘liberalisation’ of gambling

Posted on September 22, 2017 by admin

The incoming head of the UK’s advertising watchdog has questioned the “liberalisation” of the gambling industry, amid growing concerns that betting adverts are fuelling a surge in the number of problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Financial Times.

A scandal, the Lords, the Commons, a scoop, a petition, the stories

Posted on September 19, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s latest insight on the debate around fixed odds betting terminals and whether new regulations are now required. (more…)

Bookies offer £8m for adverts about addiction

Posted on September 18, 2017 by admin

Betting companies, broadcasters and advertisers have offered to fund an £8 million campaign to raise awareness of addiction before a long-awaited government review into the industry.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is expected to publish its findings in the next few weeks on issues including the growing number of betting adverts on television.

Read the full story in The Times.

Betting and media firms offer to fund addiction awareness ad campaign

Posted on September 17, 2017 by admin

Betting firms and broadcasters have made an offer to the government to fund an £8m addiction awareness campaign, in a move Labour warned must not be a “stitch-up” to stave off tighter regulation of adverts.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will publish a long-awaited review of the gambling industry within weeks, including the government’s view on the rising number of betting adverts on television.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

‘He’s sweating and rubbing his nose. Within minutes, he’s lost £400 on the machines

Posted on September 17, 2017 by admin

With a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals on the way, reporter Jamie Doward spent the day at the bookies and discovered the true extent of the problem.

Read the full piece in The Guardian.

UK gambling map of misery shows how betting shops cluster in poverty areas

Posted on September 16, 2017 by admin

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, whose responsibilities include the betting industry, is to produce her report into high-stakes gaming machines at the end of next month.

It is expected to contain options for curbs on computerised fixed-odds betting terminals, which are built to swallow £100 in 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

£13million lost to fixed odds betting terminals in South Lanarkshire in just one year

Posted on September 15, 2017 by admin

People across South Lanarkshire lost £13million in betting machines known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ in just one year.

Figures, released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, show the cash was spent at fixed odds betting terminals in the county in the 2015/16 financial year.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.