Campaign Spokesman discusses FOBTs on talkRADIO

Posted on September 9, 2017 by admin

Campaign Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin speaks to talkRADIO about gambling addiction, FOBTs and the fight to reduce the maximum stake.

Listen back to the piece on talkRADIO.

More than £75million gambled on betting machines in Mortherwell and Wishaw last year

Posted on September 8, 2017 by admin

Punters in the area lost £3.75million last year after more than £14million was put into the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Now MSP Clare Adamson is demanding action over the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with many gamblers addicted to the machines, which raked in £78.2million.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Government prepares clampdown on fixed-odds betting machines

Posted on September 2, 2017 by admin

The government has signalled that it is preparing to clamp down on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – the gambling machines described as the “crack cocaine” of the betting world. But the extent to which the machines will be controlled is dividing the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

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…)

FOBT crime will prevent a Judicial Review of a £2 maximum stake

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling discusses the implications of recent news stories on bookmakers. (more…)

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…)