Problem Gambling

‘He’s sweating and rubbing his nose. Within minutes, he’s lost £400 on the machines

Posted on September 17, 2017 by admin

With a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals on the way, reporter Jamie Doward spent the day at the bookies and discovered the true extent of the problem.

Read the full piece in The Guardian.

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.

Student gambling debts up to £10,000 according to Gambling Commission

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Ben Haden of the Gambling Commission spoke on the Victoria Derbyshire show about problem gambling and debts amongst the student community as another academic year is about to begin. Revealing that some students have gambling debts of £10,000, Victoria Derbyshire discussed the risks posed to students with a representative of the NUS, as well as Campaign Spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin.

You can watch the piece back on BBC iPlayer from 16 to 33 minutes in.

Some students have £10,000 gambling debt, says Gambling Commission

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Some students have run up gambling debts of £10,000 or more, a Gambling Commission director has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Ben Haden said his organisation was concerned about the impact gambling was having on undergraduates.

Read the full story on the BBC News.

Scotland is gambling capital of Britain as two-thirds of adults have a punt each year

Posted on September 10, 2017 by admin

Scotland is the gambling capital of Britain with more than two-thirds of adults having a punt each year, new research has revealed.

Around 68 per cent of people have gambled over the last 12 months compared with just 52 per cent in London.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Problem gambling is soaring. Labour is right to pledge radical reform

Posted on September 7, 2017 by admin

Campaign Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin writes for The Guardian.

“When Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson was challenged on Newsnight last week about his party’s role in liberalising gambling, he signalled a long-awaited shift in Labour’s philosophical approach to how it should be regulated, away from the “growth” orientated framework introduced by Tony Blair that has led to 430,000 problem gamblers in Britain, with more than 2 million people in the UK either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction.”

Read the full story on The Guardian.

Gambling is an industry that feasts on the poor and vulnerable

Posted on September 5, 2017 by admin

Helen Pidd, North of England editor of the Guardian, writes “As the betting addict who went on a rampage in Liverpool pointed out, bar staff don’t pour pints for people who have had too many. Why can’t the government rein in the bookies’ relentless growth?”

Read the full piece on The Guardian.

The Guardian view on regulating gambling: don’t leave it to chance

Posted on August 31, 2017 by admin

The record fine levied on 888, an online gambling company, today, is a sign that Britain has a gambling problem. A technical failure meant that 7,000 customers who had chosen to bar themselves from the firm’s betting terminals were still able to gamble. The public is starting to catch on. Sixty-nine per cent think betting is dangerous for family life; 78% fear there are too many opportunities to do it. And those who think the practice should be discouraged rose from 36% in 2010 to 55% in 2016.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Victoria Coren Mitchell: High street betting must clean up its act

Posted on August 27, 2017 by admin

Victoria Coren Mitchell writes another column in the Guardian about problem gambling:

“Since my column last week about fixed-odds betting terminals, I’ve been getting hundreds of messages a day. Ninety-five percent of them agree with my view that these high-stakes modern slot machines should be restricted. I don’t think I’ve ever written a column that encountered more assent – or less dissent – apart from the one about “funeral crashers” who skulked around misleading the bereaved in hope of free booze. Not many people came out in support of those guys.”

Read the full story in The Guardian.

I was addicted to gambling machines at 16, and despite clear evidence the industry refuses to accept that there’s a problem

Posted on August 27, 2017 by admin

A report by the Gambling Commission published this week showed an increase from 280,000 problem gamblers in 2012, to 430,000 in 2015. Despite this, the Gambling Commission and the Association of British Bookmakers describer problem gambling rates as “stable”. But such an increase should alarm policy makers, and the findings are timely as we approach the Government’s gambling review in October.

Read the full story in The Independent.