Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

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.

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…)

Fixed Odd Betting Terminals almost led me to suicide

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

Campaign Spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin discusses how his own personal use of FOBTs almost led him to take his own life.

Read the full story on The Independent.

Victoria Coren Mitchell: A stupid gamble on evil machines

Posted on August 20, 2017 by admin

Victoria Coren Mitchell gives her views on FOBTs to the Guardian, saying:

“The government’s failure to clamp down on fixed-odds betting terminals must be down to stupidity or corruption and I’m not sure which of those I hope it is.”

Read the full story on The Guardian.

The Centre for Social Justice supports Fairer Gambling’s objective, and Paddy Power breaks ranks

Posted on August 16, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on recent media stories on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

Gamblers winning on bookies’ high stake slots? – according to Gambling Commission data!

Posted on July 26, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about Gambling Commission data, which is being used as part of a DCMS review into stake levels on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

Will any MP make the mistake of falling for the bookies “show and don’t tell”?

Posted on July 19, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling responds to recent criticism of a report published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

What is the Gambling Commission’s excuse for such a lax regulatory regime for ten years?

Posted on July 12, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about the campaign to reduce stakes on fixed odds betting terminals and calls on the Gambling Commission to step up and provide all relevant information to DCMS as it conducts an inquiry into these machines. (more…)

Treasury cannot be allowed to scupper a long overdue FOBT stake reduction

Posted on July 6, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about progress to reduce stake levels on fixed odds betting terminals ahead of the publication of the DCMS review in October (more…)

Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn

Posted on June 30, 2017 by admin

A long-awaited review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed until the autumn, following a rift between the Treasury and the government department responsible for the gambling industry over regulation of the controversial machines.

The government’s decision has been further complicated by the fact that MPs in the Democratic Unionist party, which holds the balance of power in parliament, are in favour of cutting the maximum FOBT stake from £100 to as low as £2.

Read the full story in The Guardian.