Gambling Addiction

Church wants £2 maximum stake on betting terminals

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

The Church of England is today set to back a call to lower the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to as little as £2.

In a co-ordinated campaign against the machines known as gambling’s “crack cocaine”, the London Diocese will move that members of the General Synod lobby the government to cut the maximum stake on the betting terminals “very substantially”.

Read the full story in The Times

General Synod demands government reduce top spend on betting machines

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

Betting machines that allow people to spend £100 a minute should be tighter regulated and the maximum spend slashed, the Church of England’s ruling body has said.

General Synod decided unanimously to back a motion that calls on the government to impose a top stake of £2 a go.

It was a “matter of urgency” that ministers brought in new laws to regulate the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), the motion said.

Read the full story on Premier

Parliamentarians: Please support your colleagues – the bookies are attacking their integrity

Posted on February 7, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling urges MPs to support its aims and that of the APPG on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to reduce the maximum stake on these machines to £2 per spin. (more…)

‘I lost everything’ – Cardiff woman warns of gambling dangers

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

A woman from Cardiff has spoken out about the dangers of gambling, after she was imprisoned for a crime she committed to fuel her addiction.

Sarah Grant says she started gambling from a young age after growing up in a pub environment surrounded by fruit machines. It began to develop into a much more serious problem when she started betting online.

She successfully managed to hide her addiction from friends and family for over 15 years, until she was jailed for theft last year.

Read the full story on the ITV News website

Gamblers urged to take part in ‘Flutter-Free’ February

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

Those who gamble in Wales are being encouraged to pledge to stop gambling in February to raise awareness of the emotional and financial problems it can cause.

Flutter-Free February is a new campaign by ‘Beat the Odds’ which encourages those who gamble online or at the bookies to stop for the next month.

Pledges are also encouraged to send a thumbs-up selfie to show support for the campaign and raise awareness.

Read the full story on the ITV website

Government must act on betting terminals, urges Christian charity

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

There are fresh calls from a Christian charity that the government reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to just £2.

Care has been speaking out after the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on FOBTs published its final report of a six-month inquiry.

Following growing disquiet among politicians about the harm being caused on Britain’s high streets by the machines, the MPs have recommended a cut in the maximum stake.

Read the full story in Premier

The murky battleground over Fixed Odds Betting Terminals is of MPs’ making

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

An Independent Opinion Piece

“The All-Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs is right to be concerned about the machines, but it has weakened its case by accepting donations from companies that operate rival products”

Read the full story in The Independent

Will parliamentarians and GambleAware support Flutter-Free February?

Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about initiatives put forward by betting companies to eradicate problem gambling and encourage gamblers to reduce the time or amounts they gamble. (more…)

MPs And Newham Council Crack Down On High-Stakes Gambling

Posted on January 31, 2017 by admin

NEWHAM COUNCIL warmly welcomes a Parliamentary report calling on the Government to slash the maximum stake allowed on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

The decision by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), who’ve been studying the machines, dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”, follows a long running campaign by local authorities, headed by Newham.

In November 2014 Newham led 92 other local authorities from across the political spectrum to submit a Sustainable Communities Act submission to reduce the stakes on FOBTs.

Read the full story in The Voice

Council action on Dunbartonshire betting shop concern

Posted on January 25, 2017 by admin

The council with Scotland’s highest concentration of betting shops is to use new powers to limit the number of new premises in town centres.

West Dunbartonshire Council planning chairman Lawrence O’Neill said a “presumption against” new shops meant they would probably be rejected.

He accused betting shops “of feeding on the vulnerable”.

Read the full story on the BBC Scotland Website