Gambling Enquiry

Now Labour backs clampdown on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: Deputy leader Tom Watson says party supports efforts to limit stakes

Posted on August 13, 2017 by admin

Labour last night pledged to back a government clampdown on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines.

The party’s deputy leader and shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said the party supported efforts to limit the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Labour and Tories unit to fight scourge of gaming machines dubbed ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on August 12, 2017 by admin

Labour’s Tom Watson has offered to support the Culture Secretary in her fight with the Treasury over “crack cocaine” gaming machines.

Mr Watson has written to his opposite number Karen Bradley after claims of a dispute over planned curbs on fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Paddy Power boss Breon Corcoran breaks ranks on gambling machine crackdown

Posted on August 12, 2017 by admin

A leading bookmaker has signalled that it could welcome a crackdown on addictive gambling machines in a blow to the betting industry’s united front in opposing tighter regulation.

Breon Corcoran, the Paddy Power chief executive, has admitted that his company is “almost ambivalent” about slashing the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which allow gamblers to bet £100 every 20 seconds, to £2.

Read the full story in The Times.

Now IDS calls for curbs on ‘crack cocaine’ bet machines as he urges maximum stakes to be slashed from £100 to just £2

Posted on August 12, 2017 by admin

Iain Duncan Smith last night heaped pressure on ministers to take swift action against gambling machines which he branded a ‘tax on the poor’.

The former Work and Pensions Secretary said maximum stakes on ‘addictive’ fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) should be slashed from £100 to just £2.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Don’t go soft on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines, Philip Hammond is told by the Church of England

Posted on August 10, 2017 by admin

The Church of England yesterday begged ministers not to abandon their clampdown on the spread of high stakes gambling machines.

A senior bishop warned Chancellor Philip Hammond that there is alarm in the CofE over signals that the Treasury has halted plans to slash the amounts that High Street gamblers can pump into the machines.

Read the full story on The Daily Mail.

Bishop calls for betting machine limits

Posted on August 10, 2017 by admin

The Church of England has stepped into the row over a proposed crackdown on addictive betting machines.

The Right Rev Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, has written to Philip Hammond urging him not to block moves against fixed-odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Times.

Is there a Treasury mission to weaken the Prime Minister?

Posted on August 9, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes that a recent Daily Mail story on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) provides grounds to question the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. (more…)

Use your influence with PM to reform gambling, Christians urge DUP

Posted on August 9, 2017 by admin

The DUP is facing the first public pressure from an element of its support base to use its key Westminster role to influence UK-wide Government policy.

Read the full story on iNews.co.uk.

Theresa May urged to curb betting machines

Posted on August 7, 2017 by admin

Theresa May is being urged to press ahead with a crackdown on addictive gambling machines despite Treasury warnings that it will cost £400 million in lost duty.

The rise of fixed odd betting terminals, which allow gamblers to wager £100 every 20 seconds, has been blamed for fuelling addiction, debt and crime.

Read the full story in The Times.

Playing roulette with people’s lives: Hammond scraps a review on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines… because they make millions for the taxman

Posted on August 4, 2017 by admin

A clampdown on betting machines labelled the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ has been shelved following an intervention by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Last year, ministers ordered a review of fixed-odds betting terminals, which are linked to addiction, family breakdown, debt and money laundering.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.