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Synod united in call for action against gambling machines

Posted on March 3, 2017 by admin

The General Synod has unanim­ously called on the Government to take action on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBTs), sometimes re­­ferred to as “the crack cocaine of gambling” (News, 28 October). They were described by the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, as “an anomaly on the high street”.

The Synod is calling for the max­imum stake on the gaming ma­­chines, which can be found in bet­ting shops around the country, to be reduced from £100 to £2; and for local authorities to be given the power to regulate the number of such machines in their area.

Read the full story in Church Times

All things considered – Gambling

Posted on March 3, 2017 by admin

Roy Jenkins explores the impact of gambling on individuals, families and society, asking what can be done by support groups, churches and government.

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – known as FOBTs -  can swallow up a hundred pounds every twenty seconds.   Wales alone has 1,500, and each is reckoned to take a million pounds a year in stakes – which is a staggering one-and-half billion pounds.  A speaker at this week’s General Synod of the Church of England spoke of them feeding off poverty and plunging people into unmanageable debt.

Listen to the full feature on the BBC Radio Wales website

An Opinion piece from Simon Thomas, CEO, The Hippodrome Casino

Posted on February 27, 2017 by admin

“Like the Government, the Hippodrome Casino – along with the entire UK sector – strongly supports a healthy gambling industry. An industry that generates investment and employment and provides a safe gaming environment for all.

This is why I am heartened by its Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures and its intent to ensure a proper balance between socially responsible growth and the protection of consumers and the wider communities….”

Read the full feature on Casino Life

Labour MP Welcomes New Report Calling for Government Action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on February 27, 2017 by admin

Gerald Jones MP has welcomed a new report by the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of which he is a member, launched this week in the House of Commons.

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) allow punters to stake £100 every 20 seconds on electronic versions of casino games such as roulette, but in a low supervision high street bookie environment. Political concern and controversy has been growing about the highly addictive nature of the machines, with one campaign group even calling them the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Read the full story on Gerald Jones MP’s website

Parliamentarians BEWARE – Bookies assault on facts intensifies

Posted on February 21, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling responds to recent criticism of an APPG report on fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

BALPPA Backs FOBT Campaign

Posted on February 17, 2017 by admin

The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has become the latest organisation to back the growing campaign for action on FOBTs.

BALPPA is the Trade Association representing owners, managers, suppliers and developers in the UK’s commercial leisure parks, piers, zoos, family entertainment centres (indoor play and soft play centres) and static visitor attractions sector. BALPPA speaks for some 300 members, and ultimately for many millions of customers every year.

Read the full story on the Coin-Op Comminity website

Is protecting the commercial interests of bookmakers more important than protecting consumers?

Posted on February 17, 2017 by admin

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.

Parliamentarians: Please support your colleagues – the bookies are attacking their integrity

Posted on February 7, 2017 by admin

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…)

‘I lost everything’ – Cardiff woman warns of gambling dangers

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

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.

Read the full story on the ITV News website

Gamblers urged to take part in ‘Flutter-Free’ February

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

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.

Read the full story on the ITV website