Gambling Addiction

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.

Gambling operators are not remotely responsible – says CFFG

Posted on October 10, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling have made recommendations to ensure that children are not being tempted to gamble. (more…)

Gambling remains a hidden addiction because ‘healthcare staff lack training’

Posted on October 9, 2017 by admin

Gambling is often described as a hidden addiction. Yet there are an estimated 400,000 problem gamblers in the UK. Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, consultant psychiatrist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic – the only one of its kind in the UK – says that a lack of training among healthcare professionals could partly be to blame for the problem flying under the radar.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Cartoons lure kids to online gambling

Posted on October 8, 2017 by admin

Some of Britain’s biggest gambling operators are targeting children with their favourite cartoon and storybook characters in online betting games, an investigation by The Sunday Times reveals.

Read the full story in The Times.

Recovered Coatbridge gambling addict campaigns for change in betting legislation

Posted on October 4, 2017 by admin

A recovering gambling addict from Coatbridge is at the forefront of a campaign which aims to push through ground-breaking changes in the betting industry.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Online betting: More addicts struggling with mobile sites

Posted on October 3, 2017 by admin

The number of gambling addicts struggling with betting on mobile phones and tablets has risen, figures show.

The National Problem Gambling Clinic (NPGC) said while 24% of its patients struggled with mobile gambling in 2012-13, this rose to 63% in 2016-17.

Read the full story on BBC News.

Calls to curb betting adverts to cut risk to young people

Posted on September 30, 2017 by admin

Betting advertising needs tighter restrictions to cut the risk young people developing gambling problems as they grow older, councils say.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to consider curbing the “huge rise” as latest industry figures suggest almost one in 10 children aged between 11 and 15 are now following gambling companies on social media.

Read the full story in the ITV News.

Campaign Spokesman discusses problem gambling on BBC Radio 5 Live

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

Campaign spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live on the topic of problem gambling as Labour announce their plans to make bookmakers pay a levy to help fund treatment for addicts.

Listen back to the interview on iPlayer from 7 minutes.

Labour plan gambling levy to fund addiction treatment

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

Labour has said it would force bookmakers to pay a compulsory levy to help treat problem gamblers.

Deputy leader Tom Watson said the cash would be used for treatment to end the “destructive cycle of addiction”.

Read the full story in the BBC News.

Labour plans to make betting firms pay levy to treat gambling addiction

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

Labour will force gambling companies to pay a levy to fund research and NHS treatment to help problem gamblers deal with their addiction.

Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said that if elected the party would “finally confront problem gambling.”

Read the full story in The Guardian.