Gambling Addiction

The hidden epidemic of gambling addiction in Britain costs us all dearly

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

There’s a hidden epidemic of gambling addiction in Britain and we need to act now to end it. That’s why Labour is asking if the gambling industry should meet the cost of treating punters who struggle with addiction.

Read the full story in the Daily Mirror.

42 minutes, £2,600 lost: The UK’s growing gambling problem

Posted on September 23, 2017 by admin

Tony Franklin entered a betting shop in northwest London one morning last week and paid 300 pounds, or around $400, into a gambling machine – and lost that money within 16 minutes.

Then he paid in another £300. Then a further £1,000 six minutes later. And 20 minutes after that, a final £1,000.

Read the full story in The New York Times.

Bookies offer £8m for adverts about addiction

Posted on September 18, 2017 by admin

Betting companies, broadcasters and advertisers have offered to fund an £8 million campaign to raise awareness of addiction before a long-awaited government review into the industry.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is expected to publish its findings in the next few weeks on issues including the growing number of betting adverts on television.

Read the full story in The Times.

Student gambling debts up to £10,000 according to Gambling Commission

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Ben Haden of the Gambling Commission spoke on the Victoria Derbyshire show about problem gambling and debts amongst the student community as another academic year is about to begin. Revealing that some students have gambling debts of £10,000, Victoria Derbyshire discussed the risks posed to students with a representative of the NUS, as well as Campaign Spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin.

You can watch the piece back on BBC iPlayer from 16 to 33 minutes in.

Some students have £10,000 gambling debt, says Gambling Commission

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Some students have run up gambling debts of £10,000 or more, a Gambling Commission director has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Ben Haden said his organisation was concerned about the impact gambling was having on undergraduates.

Read the full story on the BBC News.

Scotland is gambling capital of Britain as two-thirds of adults have a punt each year

Posted on September 10, 2017 by admin

Scotland is the gambling capital of Britain with more than two-thirds of adults having a punt each year, new research has revealed.

Around 68 per cent of people have gambled over the last 12 months compared with just 52 per cent in London.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

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.

Gambling is an industry that feasts on the poor and vulnerable

Posted on September 5, 2017 by admin

Helen Pidd, North of England editor of the Guardian, writes “As the betting addict who went on a rampage in Liverpool pointed out, bar staff don’t pour pints for people who have had too many. Why can’t the government rein in the bookies’ relentless growth?”

Read the full piece on The Guardian.

Revealed: how gambling industry targets poor people and ex-gamblers

Posted on August 31, 2017 by admin

The gambling industry is using third-party companies to harvest people’s data, helping bookmakers and online casinos target people on low incomes and those who have stopped gambling, the Guardian can reveal.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Gamblers pumped £21.8 million into FOBT betting machines last year

Posted on August 30, 2017 by admin

Gamblers pumped over £21.8 million into fixed-odds betting terminals at bookies across West Lothian last year – £1.7 million more than the previous year.

The shocking figures from Campaign for Fairer Gambling show that punters lost over £5.4 million in 2016 alone placing bets at the 132 FOBT machines stationed in 35 betting shops in the area.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.