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Posted on April 18, 2016 by admin

New rules on gambling come into force last week. Bookies should make sure those who ask to be stopped from betting are refused service, and proper checks should be carried out to see how much of a social impact a new bookmakers will have in an area. But do the safeguards go far enough?

Listen to the full feature again on BBC Radio 4 You & Yours

Gambling addiction is fuelling unemployment

Posted on April 18, 2016 by admin

Almost 1 in every 30 people know someone who has lost their job because of their gambling habit, a new report has found.

A study by employment agency Reed in Partnership showed that three per cent of British adults know a person who has lost their job as a consequence of gambling addiction.

It also called upon policy makers to address the risk posed to the unemployed by controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

Read the full story on The Christian Institute website.

1 in 3 people in Wales want to hide their gambling from colleagues

Posted on April 14, 2016 by admin

A new report has found almost half of the population in Wales has gambled in the past year.

The research, conducted by the polling company YouGov, also revealed one in three working adults in Wales (35%) would prefer to keep the extent of their gambling hidden from their colleagues.

The report, commissioned by ‘Reed in Partnership’, is calling on employers to take more action to support staff who may struggle with problem gambling.

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Scots are the UK’s most frequent gamblers, finds report calling for more support

Posted on April 14, 2016 by admin

One in three Scots who gamble is worried about their work colleagues finding out about their habit, a new poll shows.

Research by the polling company YouGov found that Scotland has the most frequent gamblers, where 28 per cent of adults have a flutter at least once a week, which is over five times the number of adults in the south west of England at just five per cent.

Over one-third (37 per cent) of Scots would like to hide their gambling from colleagues, compared to just 12 per cent in the West Midlands.

Read the full story in the National

Gambling Addiction: ‘I became very depressed and suicidal’, says Matt Zarb-Cousin

Posted on April 14, 2016 by admin

Matt Zarb-Cousin, spokesman for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, has told talkRADIO his addiction almost drove him to suicide.

In an interview on the Paul Ross Full Set Breakfast show, Zarb-Cousin said he became hooked at the age of 16 and for almost four years he was a regular at the bookies.

Listen again to the full interview on talkRADIO

BBC Breakfast 6th April 2016

Posted on April 13, 2016 by admin

Gambling addict Tony Franklin was allowed to lose £3,500 in under one hour on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. Despite new regulations, and claims from the Association of British Bookmakers that they have trained staff to recognise ‘problem gambling’, he says he has never had any intervention.

Watch again at 8 min 50 secs

New rules ‘will crack down’ on exploitation of gambling addicts

Posted on April 13, 2016 by admin

The stakes could be about to get a lot higher for the gambling industry, if regulators are to be believed. This week saw the introduction of new rules aimed at protecting problem gamblers and ramping up the pressure on firms that might exploit them.

A key measure is an upgraded “self-exclusion” system, under which addicts tell betting companies not to take their money. The new system lets addicts sign up to a central register shared by bookmakers, rather than excluding themselves from individual firms.

Read the full story in the Guardian 

BBC Breakfast – 6th April 2016

Posted on April 13, 2016 by admin

Tony Franklin says new Gambling Commission licence conditions will make no difference to gambling addicts.

Watch again at 6 mins 20 secs 

New UK rules to stop problem gambling won’t work, campaigners say

Posted on April 13, 2016 by admin

A new regulatory system meant to allow staff at betting shops to identify and bar problem gamblers has been criticised as ineffectual by addicts and campaigners.

From this week bookmakers will have to conduct local area risk assessments to explain how they are going to mitigate crime and the effect on vulnerable people. Significantly, they will have to share information on problem gamblers who have “self-excluded” themselves from betting shops.

Read more in the Guardian 

Letter to the editor – All bets are off

Posted on March 22, 2016 by admin

Sir, The former Paddy Power chairman Fintan Drury is right about about the damage to society of fixed odds betting terminals (opinion, Mar 10). And, if we drill down to a particular town, the impact is even clearer. Take Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire, where I was Labour’s candidate in the 2015 general election: the Campaign for Fairer Gambling estimates that in 2014 local gamblers lost £2.8 million on the 58 fixed odds machines in the town’s 16 high street bookmakers, money taken from the poorest residents and the local economy.

Read the full letter to editor in The Times