Gambling Enquiry

UK gambling map of misery shows how betting shops cluster in poverty areas

Posted on September 16, 2017 by admin

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, whose responsibilities include the betting industry, is to produce her report into high-stakes gaming machines at the end of next month.

It is expected to contain options for curbs on computerised fixed-odds betting terminals, which are built to swallow £100 in 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Might, not right: betting firms get their due on fixed-odds machines

Posted on September 13, 2017 by admin

Gambling companies’ defence of fixed-odds betting terminals has failed. It is now odds-on that the government will cut the maximum stake from £100. How did this happen to an industry, despite compelling evidence of social harm done by these machines, seemed to have might on its side?

Read the full piece in The Guardian.

Action, comment, talk, silence and panic

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Derek Webb of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling explains the changing dynamics of the FOBT and gambling media debate. (more…)

New curbs planned for high-stakes gaming machines

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Ministers are poised to bring in new curbs on gaming machines after the Treasury dropped its objections to a crackdown.

The Government is looking at limiting the stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Is the Gambling Act fit for purpose?

Posted on September 6, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling explains why it believes the 2005 Gambling Act is no longer fit for purpose. (more…)

Bishop piles pressure on Tory ministers to end ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ machines

Posted on September 4, 2017 by admin

A top bishop has piled pressure on ministers to tackle the “crack cocaine” of gambling.

Bishop of St Albans Dr Alan Smith urged the Government to act over fixed-odds betting terminals, where gamblers can risk losing £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Philip Hammond hints at moves to restrict fixed-odds gambling machines

Posted on September 4, 2017 by admin

The government may be preparing to crack down on addictive gambling machines despite claims earlier this year that the Treasury had killed off an attempt to impose tighter regulation.

Read the full story in The Times.

UK finance minister signals support for review of gambling machines

Posted on September 4, 2017 by admin

Britain’s finance minister has indicated he will support the outcome of a review of high-stake gambling machines in betting shops even if it reduces tax revenue.

Read the full story on The Daily Mail.

Blitz on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines set to be launched after Philip Hammond backs down over fears of lost tax earnings

Posted on September 3, 2017 by admin

Ministers are planning a clampdown on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines after Chancellor Philip Hammond backed down over the issue.

Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have long caused concerns among campaigners including the Church of England over the ‘devastating’ effects they have on users.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

FOBT crime will prevent a Judicial Review of a £2 maximum stake

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling discusses the implications of recent news stories on bookmakers. (more…)