The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are undertaking a consultation entitled:”New opportunities for sustainable development and growth through the reuse of existing buildings”. Read our submission here, urging reform in the planning system so that bookmakers are put into their own specific use class, so that local people can address serious issues of proliferation.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling is again challenging the assertions of the Gambling Commission. The Commission issued a Bulletin to its licensing authorities shortly after an advert was placed in a public service magazine about breaching of betting licenses, which attempted to clarify assertions by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling that the turnover generated by FOBTs changes the primary purpose of betting shops from betting to gaming, which would constitute a breach of license. (more…)
Following the Lib Dem announcement regarding the proposed reduction in stakes on FOBTs, Intergame ran our response, welcoming the plans and reinforcing the recommendations we have been campaigning for. Read the story online here.
Daily Mail online: Ministers plot new curbs on gambling machines that allow punters to stake £15,000 an hour
Read more here
We’ve also had coverage in the Coinslot magazine recently – the campaign is featured on both the front cover and page 5 of the latest issue….
Lax policing of the Gambling Act 2005 is undermining its purpose, according to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.
With the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) chairman Philip Graf, claiming that it is not its duty to police the Gambling Act, legislation is fast becoming worryingly difficult to enforce and monitor. (more…)
Dear Local Authority Licensing Officer,
Recently the Department of Culture Media and Sport issued a report on the hearing into the 2005 Gambling Act. A major recommendation was a shift towards more Local Authority (LA) licensing responsibility. The Chairman of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has acknowledged that, based on a 2009 concordat, LAs have a regulatory role over day-to-day compliance and enforcement of betting shop licences. (more…)