Gambling Enquiry

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.

Will any MP make the mistake of falling for the bookies “show and don’t tell”?

Posted on July 19, 2017 by admin

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…)

What is the Gambling Commission’s excuse for such a lax regulatory regime for ten years?

Posted on July 12, 2017 by admin

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…)

Fixed Odds Betting Terminal review delayed until October

Posted on July 3, 2017 by admin

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.

Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn

Posted on June 30, 2017 by admin

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.

Anti-gambling measures are anti-austerity measures

Posted on June 27, 2017 by admin

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…)

Gambling companies probed for ‘unfairly holding onto people’s money’

Posted on June 23, 2017 by admin

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.

Watchdog targets online gambling firms that ‘load the dice’ against players

Posted on June 23, 2017 by admin

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.

Bosses under fire for telling staff to vote Tory or risk losing jobs

Posted on June 12, 2017 by admin

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.