FOBTs

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…)

Is there a Treasury mission to weaken the Prime Minister?

Posted on August 9, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes that a recent Daily Mail story on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) provides grounds to question the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. (more…)

Theresa May urged to curb betting machines

Posted on August 7, 2017 by admin

Theresa May is being urged to press ahead with a crackdown on addictive gambling machines despite Treasury warnings that it will cost £400 million in lost duty.

The rise of fixed odd betting terminals, which allow gamblers to wager £100 every 20 seconds, has been blamed for fuelling addiction, debt and crime.

Read the full story in The Times.

Playing roulette with people’s lives: Hammond scraps a review on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines… because they make millions for the taxman

Posted on August 4, 2017 by admin

A clampdown on betting machines labelled the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ has been shelved following an intervention by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Last year, ministers ordered a review of fixed-odds betting terminals, which are linked to addiction, family breakdown, debt and money laundering.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

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…)

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.

Labour’s Jo Stevens delivers PMQs burn to Theresa May over ‘reckless gambling’

Posted on June 28, 2017 by admin

Labour’s Jo Stevens delivered a ruthless burn to Theresa May during the first Prime Minister’s Questions of the new Parliament.

The Cardiff Central MP wants to see a crackdown on casino-like betting machines, one which tens of thousands of pounds are lost by gamblers every year.

Read the full story in The Huffington Post.

Why the Queen’s Speech tells us FOBT stake reduction to £2 is more likely

Posted on June 22, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling reflects on the Queen’s Speech and looks ahead to any future policy changes on fixed odds betting terminal stake levels. (more…)