Gambling Addiction

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

MPs demand curbs on betting machines

Posted on March 11, 2016 by admin

David Cameron must throw his weight behind a radical clampdown on addictive high-speed betting machines, a coalition of MPs, religious leaders and academics warns today.

The group, including MPs from all mainstream parties, supports an investigation by The Times that highlighted the spread of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which have been described as the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full story in The Times

Betting bill backed

Posted on March 11, 2016 by admin

A cross-party group of MPs urges ministers to support today’s bill limiting stakes on fixed odds betting terminals to £2 a spin

“Sir, As The Times has reported, successive governments have not adequately addressed the issue of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), the addictive high-speed roulette machines in betting shops. In January 2014, the prime minister acknowledged there was a problem and that action would be taken if there was evidence to justify doing so. Since then, the stories of two tragic suicides linked to FOBTs have emerged, which might have been prevented had the government not delayed reducing the maximum stake…”

Read the full letter to the editor in The Times

‘Crack cocaine’ gambling machine addiction ‘ignored’ by Government says ex-bookie boss

Posted on March 11, 2016 by admin

The former boss of one of Britain’s biggest bookmakers has accused the Government of “turning a blind eye” to widespread addiction caused by ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines because of the millions they raise in taxes.

Ministers have refused to lower the maximum stake on the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) which can see punters lose up to £100 a spin.

Read the full story in the Mirror