The Campaign for Fairer Gambling responds to recent criticism of a report published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). (more…)
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about the campaign to reduce stakes on fixed odds betting terminals and calls on the Gambling Commission to step up and provide all relevant information to DCMS as it conducts an inquiry into these machines. (more…)
A governmental review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed until October following a disagreement concerning regulation of the machines between the UK’s Treasury and Government.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is conducting a review of FOBTs amid concerns that they are highly addictive and can result in gamblers losing thousands of pounds in a matter of minutes. Indeed, last year alone FOBT terminals took a record £1.8bn from British gamblers.
Read the full story in Gambling Insider.
A long-awaited review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed until the autumn, following a rift between the Treasury and the government department responsible for the gambling industry over regulation of the controversial machines.
The government’s decision has been further complicated by the fact that MPs in the Democratic Unionist party, which holds the balance of power in parliament, are in favour of cutting the maximum FOBT stake from £100 to as low as £2.
Read the full story in The Guardian.
There are no economic benefits to the forms of gambling which are reliant on technology rather than labour, says the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. (more…)
The UK’s competition watchdog is investigating gambling operators on concerns they are “unfairly holding on to people’s money.”
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is probing whether the companies are misleading consumers with special sign-up promotions.
Read the full story in Business Insider UK.
Online gambling companies will have the change their “unfair” sign-up deals or face a legal challenge after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it was launching enforcement action against operators that it believes to be breaking consumer law.
Read the full story in The Telegraph.
Two company bosses have come under fire for telling staff to vote Conservative or risk losing their jobs, including one who described as “banter” a warning that “Labour voters will be made redundant first”.
The GMB union branded John Brooker as Dickensian after he apparently told employees at his IT firm Storm Technologies to vote Conservative “if you value your job.”
Social media users labelled betting firm Jenningsbet disgusting after staff were told the company could go bust, costing them their jobs, unless the Tories won.
Read the full story in The Guardian.
Internel hits back at gambling industry body criticism after parliamentary watchdog finds transparency breaches
The public affairs firm Interel has accused a gambling industry body of overreacting in its response to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards’ finding that a parliamentary group the agency works for had breached transparency rules.
Read the full story in PR Week.
The church’s national body unanimously passed a motion urging the government to bring forward proposals to reduce the amount gamblers can stake on a single game from £100 to £2.
Around 35,000 fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), or B2 machines, are found in betting shops across the UK, on which gamblers can stake a maximum of £2 for sports-based games.
But the church’s General Synod in London was told casino games such as roulette available on FOBTs allow a stake of up to £100 every 20 seconds – allowing a player to theoretically gamble away £18,000 an hour.
Read the full story in the Daily Express