The crimes, the abuses and the consequences

Posted on February 8, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling shows how inadequate gambling regulations currently are when it comes to preventing crime. (more…)

End unfair offers betting sites are ordered: Three major operators told to withdraw promotions that stop customers getting their money

Posted on February 2, 2018 by admin

Three major operators were told to stop offering promotions that suck in customers but then stop them getting their money.

Ladbrokes, William Hill and PT Entertainment have now promised to halt what the Competition and Markets Authority called ‘unfair online promotions that trap players’ money.’

Read the full story in the Daily Mail.

If the bookies can’t even run a self-exclusion scheme, what hope for preventing harm?

Posted on December 20, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about the effectiveness of the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme (MOSES) operated by bookmakers. (more…)

Bookies squeeze £1.8bn from gamblers as crackdown looms

Posted on December 1, 2017 by admin

The amount lost on betting machines described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” has risen sharply over the past 12 months as bookmakers squeeze every last penny out of punters before a cut in the maximum stake.

Gamblers’ losses per machines rose by 6.4 per cent, according to the Gambling Commission, the biggest increase in the past five years.

Read the full story in The Times.

Bookies’ last roll of the dice before waving the white flag is to roll out their ‘white coats’

Posted on November 8, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling poses questions about the academic research into problem gambling and links to the gambling sector itself. (more…)

Labour ramps up the pressure on FOBTs as Paddy Power breaks ranks

Posted on October 4, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling sets out the on-going debate over fixed odds betting terminals following announcements at the Labour conference. (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.

Might, not right: betting firms get their due on fixed-odds machines

Posted on September 13, 2017 by admin

Gambling companies’ defence of fixed-odds betting terminals has failed. It is now odds-on that the government will cut the maximum stake from £100. How did this happen to an industry, despite compelling evidence of social harm done by these machines, seemed to have might on its side?

Read the full piece in The Guardian.

Labour pledge to ban betting companies from advertising on football shirts

Posted on September 6, 2017 by admin

The Labour Party would ban football clubs from signing shirt sponsorship deals with betting companies, the deputy leader Tom Watson has announced.

The announcement is an attempt by the Labour party to put pressure on the government ahead of a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) review into gambling advertising and fixed-odds betting terminals, which is due to be published in early November.

Read the full story in The Independent.