Problem Gambling

Church of England urges government to lower maximum FOBT stake to £2

Posted on February 16, 2017 by admin

The Church of England has waded into the ongoing debate over fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK, calling on the government to lower the maximum stake for games to £2.

The General Synod, the legislative body of the Church, highlighted the “destructive impact” which accessible, high-stake machine gambling can have on families and whole communities, and the “widespread public concern” about the very large amounts being wagered at FOBTs located in high street betting shops.

Read the full story on Gaming Intelligence


Church wants £2 maximum stake on betting terminals

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

The Church of England is today set to back a call to lower the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to as little as £2.

In a co-ordinated campaign against the machines known as gambling’s “crack cocaine”, the London Diocese will move that members of the General Synod lobby the government to cut the maximum stake on the betting terminals “very substantially”.

Read the full story in The Times

General Synod demands government reduce top spend on betting machines

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

Betting machines that allow people to spend £100 a minute should be tighter regulated and the maximum spend slashed, the Church of England’s ruling body has said.

General Synod decided unanimously to back a motion that calls on the government to impose a top stake of £2 a go.

It was a “matter of urgency” that ministers brought in new laws to regulate the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), the motion said.

Read the full story on Premier

Parliamentarians: Please support your colleagues – the bookies are attacking their integrity

Posted on February 7, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling urges MPs to support its aims and that of the APPG on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to reduce the maximum stake on these machines to £2 per spin. (more…)

‘I lost everything’ – Cardiff woman warns of gambling dangers

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

A woman from Cardiff has spoken out about the dangers of gambling, after she was imprisoned for a crime she committed to fuel her addiction.

Sarah Grant says she started gambling from a young age after growing up in a pub environment surrounded by fruit machines. It began to develop into a much more serious problem when she started betting online.

She successfully managed to hide her addiction from friends and family for over 15 years, until she was jailed for theft last year.

Read the full story on the ITV News website

Council action on Dunbartonshire betting shop concern

Posted on January 25, 2017 by admin

The council with Scotland’s highest concentration of betting shops is to use new powers to limit the number of new premises in town centres.

West Dunbartonshire Council planning chairman Lawrence O’Neill said a “presumption against” new shops meant they would probably be rejected.

He accused betting shops “of feeding on the vulnerable”.

Read the full story on the BBC Scotland Website

Touchscreen gambling machines made a record £1.73bn in 2016 – with each one worth £1,000 a week

Posted on January 25, 2017 by admin

Touchscreen gambling machines made a record £1.73billion last year, with each one raking in almost £1,000 each week.

The surge in profits saw the average Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT) net bookies almost £50,000 each – up 14% in four years.

Read the full story in The Mirror

The Government must take action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on January 6, 2017 by admin

In December, 2016, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals published the interim findings of its investigation into the effects of FOBTs, and made a number of recommendations.

Over the last few years, heart-breaking story after heart-breaking story has been reported, with gamblers losing their savings, marriages, careers and homes as a result of these addictive machines, where thousands of pounds can be lost in a matter of minutes. According to Stop the FOBTs, over £7m has been lost by people gambling on these machines in Bolton in the twelve months leading up to September 2016, of which over £3.7m was lost in my constituency.  The report highlights the need to limit the stake per play on these machines, preferably to a maximum of £2, and also the need to limit the number of FOBTs permitted in individual betting shops.

Read the full story on MP Yasmin Qureshi’s blog 

Bookies ending 2016 in a dark place

Posted on December 21, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling reviews 2016 and efforts to reduce the impact of fixed odds betting terminals on problem gamblers. (more…)

Groundbreaking report backs lowering FOBT stakes ahead of Triennial Review

Posted on November 23, 2016 by admin

An independent report into the effects of lowering FOBT stakes has, for the first time, created a compelling body of evidence to put before the DCMS, just ahead of the Triennial Review deadline.

A potentially pivotal report has been published in the battle for a level playing field on the high street, examining what effects radically lowering the stakes of FOBTs would have on players.

Read the full story in Coinslot