Gambling Enquiry

Government to unveil crackdown on bookies over £300-a-minute betting machines

Posted on October 29, 2017 by admin

Ministers will this week unveil a clampdown on fixed-odds betting terminals that could slash hundreds of millions of pounds from bookmakers’ profits.

Read the full story in The Times.

Victory over ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines is one step closer as £100 stakes to be outlawed

Posted on October 28, 2017 by admin

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is to unveil her long-awaited review this week into the harm and misery addictive fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) can cause.

The Department of Culture is keeping details – that cannot be released until markets open – closely under wraps.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

The government’s FOBT review is imminent – but bookies were a no-show on Sky News

Posted on October 26, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s Matt Zarb-Cousin writes in advance of of the government’s expected announcement on stake reduction for fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

Gambling adverts ‘in 95% of TV matches’

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

Some 95% of TV advertising breaks during live UK football matches feature at least one gambling advert, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.

One in five of the commercials broadcast across 25 matches were for betting firms, rising to more than one in three in some games.

Read the full story on BBC Online.

Conservative think-tank Respublica backs a £2 stake on FOBTs

Posted on October 17, 2017 by admin

Abstention from gambling is key to recovery, and permanent abstention is the only viable practical long-term solution for guaranteed recovery, as it is with other addictions, says CFFG. (more…)

Gambling machines with £100 stake are only allowed in UK

Posted on October 16, 2017 by admin

Britain is the only developed country to have high street betting shops that allow people to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds, according to a report.

The government should cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2 because such high stakes destroy jobs, devastate communities and are “highly destructive” to family life, the Conservative think tank Respublica argues.

Read the full story in The Times.

Damning report to back crackdown on the fixed odds terminals

Posted on October 16, 2017 by admin

The maximum stake on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines should be slashed from £100 to £2, an aide to Philip Hammond has said.

In a damning report published today, Tory MP Chris Philp backs a crackdown on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.

The study, by the Respublica think tank, reveals Britain is the only country in the developed world which allows gamblers to stake £100 every 20 seconds on casino-style games on the high street.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

The multimillionaires making a packet out of Britain’s gamblers

Posted on October 10, 2017 by admin

Within days, the government will announce the result of a gambling review examining, among other things, whether the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) should be cut.

The machines, which allow punters to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds, have become the pantomime villain of the industry, rarely appearing without their almost mandatory soubriquet – the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Research flaws, harm dangers, advertising questions – Tom Watson takes a stand

Posted on September 27, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling assesses recent developments around gambling, betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

Advertising regulator questions ‘liberalisation’ of gambling

Posted on September 22, 2017 by admin

The incoming head of the UK’s advertising watchdog has questioned the “liberalisation” of the gambling industry, amid growing concerns that betting adverts are fuelling a surge in the number of problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Financial Times.