The North Yorkshire coastal resort of Scarborough – usually recognised for its seaside charm and traditional amusements – has become another statistic in the long-running campaign against betting shops. According to the Fairer Gambling Campaign, the town’s residents poured nearly £61m into FOBTs in nine book-makers, which are all located withing a one-mile radius. To read the read story from Coinslot International click here.
Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman says betting shops are a blight on London’s high streets, but are they any less aesthetically pleasing than McDonald’s or Starbucks?
Probably not, but then a coffee has never cost me £50 in either of those place. At least for 50 quid in Starbucks, they throw in cinnamon twist.
A total of £9.5billion was spent on gambling in London in 2012, almost a quarter of the UK total, according to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. There are 1,773 betting shops in London. Of that number, 86 per cent have locked toilets and 12 per cent have pens that work. That’s according to a survey of me.
A further four per cent have punters that work.
Story by Derek McGovern, in Daily Mirror published on 21/02/2013
After getting in touch with the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and working with us to provide supporting information, Cllr Vince Maple has taken up the challenge against FOBTs and spoken out publicly on BBC South East recently. Watch the clip here.
On Monday 5th November, Panorama’s Gambling Nation was broadcast on BBC One, where reporter Sophie Raworth hears from problem gamblers and industry insiders who say violence and frustration, linked to fast-paced high-stake gambling machines – fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), are increasing in our high street betting shops. Panorama goes undercover in some of Britain’s bookies to test those claims. Watch it here on iPlayer
Tonight’s Panorama “Gambling Nation” takes a look at the darker side of the betting industry and focuses on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), their rise in popularity and how these machines are causing crime and disorder in betting shops. Watch the trailer here and tune in tonight at 8.30pm on BBC1 to hear the full story.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are undertaking a consultation entitled:”New opportunities for sustainable development and growth through the reuse of existing buildings”. Read our submission here, urging reform in the planning system so that bookmakers are put into their own specific use class, so that local people can address serious issues of proliferation.
See our exclusive interview with Intergame here
Recently the Department of Culture Media and Sport issued a report on the hearing into the 2005 Gambling Act. A major recommendation was a shift towards more local authority (LA) licensing responsibility. The Chairman of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has acknowledged that, based on a 2009 concordat, LAs have a regulatory role over day-to-day compliance and enforcement. (more…)