Gambling Addiction

Fixed-odds machines left me a broken man, says ex-gambling addict

Posted on November 1, 2017 by admin

A former addict of fixed-odds betting terminals has said the machines left him a “broken man”.

Read the full story in The Sunday Herald.

Fixed-odds betting addict in his own words: ‘I just self-destruct’

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

As the Government says the maximum stake is to be reduced from £100 to between £2 and £50, a man struggling with his addiction to the machines tells his story to Sky News.

Watch and read the piece back on Sky News.

Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

Gambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by law, the UK’s leading problem gambling charity has said.

Read the full piece in The Guardian.

Gambling addict who lost £1 million calls for better protection of vulnerable players

Posted on October 30, 2017 by admin

A former British Army officer who lost almost £1 million through gambling believes the Government has “a lot more to do” to protect players.

Read and watch the full piece back on ITV News.

Gambling addict who spent more than £1 million on habit calls for tougher Government regulation

Posted on October 27, 2017 by admin

More regulation of the gambling industry is needed, a gambling addict who lost his son, his wife and his home due to his thousands of pounds per week habit, has told ITV News.

Tony Franklin’s warning comes ahead of the Government’s long-awaited review into the controversial industry.

Read the full story and watch the video report on ITV News.

Sunday Times forces Gambling Commission to act – CFFG

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

Removing free-plays and uniformity of the ID verification on deposit and withdrawal are two recommendations in the Fairer Gambling submission to the DCMS review. (more…)

The Rising Number of Gambling Adverts

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

The Victoria Derbyshire Show looks into the rising number of gambling adverts, shown to be in 95% of live matches. The piece sees comment from Campaign Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin.

Watch the pieces back at 16-31 minutes and 1 hr 19-30 minutes on iPlayer.

Gambling adverts ‘in 95% of TV matches’

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

Some 95% of TV advertising breaks during live UK football matches feature at least one gambling advert, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.

One in five of the commercials broadcast across 25 matches were for betting firms, rising to more than one in three in some games.

Read the full story on BBC Online.

Scotland’s poorest punters more likely to bet on fixed odds machines than wealthiest

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Gamblers in Scotland’s most deprived estates are twice as likely to bet on high-stakes slot machines as those in the country’s wealthiest areas.

The figures have led to renewed calls from Labour politicians and campaigners for the Scottish Government to halt the spread of fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Regulators order gambling companies to remove ads

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Regulators have told gambling companies to remove advertisements from their websites that might appeal to children, in a move to try and curb youngsters’ interest in betting.

Read the full story in The Financial Times.