The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has today announced that Adrian Parkinson, a former Regional Gaming Manager, will be joining its campaign against Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). The betting industry whistle blower, who featured on the recent Panorama programme on gambling, will take up a consultancy position alongside Matt Zarb-Cousin, a reformed gambling addict and campaign founder, Derek Webb.
A great piece in the Express online further exposing the addictive nature of FOBTs and problem gambling. Read it 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
Very positive news for our campaign on the front page in the Daily Mail “Tough new curbs on high-stake gambling in a bid to protect problem punters” Read more…
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling is continuing its dialogue with the Gambling Commission (GC) in an attempt to clarify the primary activity of betting shops following an influx of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) onto our high streets. (more…)
Following the Lib Dem announcement regarding the proposed reduction in stakes on FOBTs, Intergame ran our response, welcoming the plans and reinforcing the recommendations we have been campaigning for. Read the story online here.
Statement in reaction to Britain’s High Street Gamble: Dispatches
“We have been very disturbed by the number of FOBTs on Britain’s high streets for some time now, and are glad that this devastating issue is finally starting to get the attention it deserves from the media and politicians. (more…)