Problem Gambling

Campaign Founder speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live on online gambling sites

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Campaign Founder Derek Webb speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live on the reports that online gambling sites have been instructed to remove free-play games that could appeal to children.

Listen back to the piece at 35-41 minutes on iPlayer.

Gambling sites forced to stop luring children

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Britain’s betting industry faces its biggest crackdown on child gambling, with the regulator demanding operators pull hundreds of casino games from their websites after a Sunday Times investigation.

The Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have joined forces to order online operators to “immediately” remove controversial games that appeal to children.

Read the full story in The Times.

Gambling operators are not remotely responsible – says CFFG

Posted on October 10, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling have made recommendations to ensure that children are not being tempted to gamble. (more…)

Gambling remains a hidden addiction because ‘healthcare staff lack training’

Posted on October 9, 2017 by admin

Gambling is often described as a hidden addiction. Yet there are an estimated 400,000 problem gamblers in the UK. Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, consultant psychiatrist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic – the only one of its kind in the UK – says that a lack of training among healthcare professionals could partly be to blame for the problem flying under the radar.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Cartoons lure kids to online gambling

Posted on October 8, 2017 by admin

Some of Britain’s biggest gambling operators are targeting children with their favourite cartoon and storybook characters in online betting games, an investigation by The Sunday Times reveals.

Read the full story in The Times.

Recovered Coatbridge gambling addict campaigns for change in betting legislation

Posted on October 4, 2017 by admin

A recovering gambling addict from Coatbridge is at the forefront of a campaign which aims to push through ground-breaking changes in the betting industry.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Betting shop staff not trained to spot problem gamblers says report

Posted on October 4, 2017 by admin

Betting shop staff are not properly trained to spot problem gamblers and are even encouraging customers to chase losses or adopt useless strategies, according to a report described as a “wake-up call” to the industry.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Online betting: More addicts struggling with mobile sites

Posted on October 3, 2017 by admin

The number of gambling addicts struggling with betting on mobile phones and tablets has risen, figures show.

The National Problem Gambling Clinic (NPGC) said while 24% of its patients struggled with mobile gambling in 2012-13, this rose to 63% in 2016-17.

Read the full story on BBC News.

Calls to curb betting adverts to cut risk to young people

Posted on September 30, 2017 by admin

Betting advertising needs tighter restrictions to cut the risk young people developing gambling problems as they grow older, councils say.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to consider curbing the “huge rise” as latest industry figures suggest almost one in 10 children aged between 11 and 15 are now following gambling companies on social media.

Read the full story in the ITV News.

Ladbrokes under investigation over gambler’s payday loans claim

Posted on September 29, 2017 by admin

Ladbrokes is being investigated by the Gambling Commission over an allegation that staff watched a gambling addict take out payday loands to fund hundreds of pounds of bets on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The claim, which comes as the government considers whether to slash the £100 maximum stake on the machines, drew fire from Labour and problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Guardian.