Problem Gambling

Campaign for Fairer Gambling – Latest shocking research into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on July 1, 2013 by admin

Campaign for Fairer Gambling – Fixed Odds Betting Terminal Research – 7th June 2013

Campaign for Fairer Gambling have commissioned a survey by 2CV Research Ltd with 501 betting shop customers in Newham where PaddyPower recently defeated the Council’s licensing committee decision to refuse on application for a FOBT/bookmakers on appeal in court.

Read the full blog from MP Graham Jones online.

Does the law need to be tougher on gambling?

Posted on June 26, 2013 by admin

Watch Matt Zarb-Cousin on the BBC programme The Big Questions from 22 minutes online here.

Debunking the myth of “illegal B2 gaming machines”: an open letter to the Government

Posted on June 19, 2013 by admin

Dear representatives of the DCMS,

RE: Debunking the myth of “illegal B2 gaming machines”: an open letter to the Government

A recent press release issued by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) [1], claimed that “any reduction in B2 stakes would only reduce supply, not suppress demand and there is a real risk of a significant growth in illegal, unregulated and socially irresponsible gambling, with all the negative social impacts this will entail.”

Read the full letter here: Open letter – Illegal gaming machines

Campaign Brands Gambling Commission “Unfit for Purpose” as Newham Council Lose Landmark Case

Posted on June 18, 2013 by admin

Councils across the country were proven powerless to act against the march of betting shops on high streets, as Paddy Power prevailed against Newham Council in a landmark test case, which saw the local authority object to a new shop on the basis of its primary gambling activity.

Read the full article on The Herald Online.

Bookmaker Paddy Power wins legal battle to open shop in Newham

Posted on June 18, 2013 by admin

A bookmaker has won an appeal against a London council’s refusal to allow it to open a betting shop because of crime concerns.

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the UK, Newham Council in east London rejected Paddy Power’s licence application for a new shop on the grounds it would attract crime and anti-social behaviour.

Read the full article in The London Evening Standard online. 

Mayor renews call for betting shop curbs

Posted on June 18, 2013 by admin

Hackney’s Mayor, Jules Pipe has responded to news that Newham Council has lost it’s battle to stop the betting shop chain Paddy Power opening yet another branch in its borough.  Hackney, like Newham, has a very high number of betting shops, and over the past six years, Mayor Pipe has repeatedly made the case to Government Ministers that councils do not have the powers they need to stop the proliferation of betting shops on high streets, despite high levels of community concern.

Read the full article on Hackney Council News online.

Paddy Power wins legal case over shop licence

Posted on June 17, 2013 by admin

The Irish bookie went to court after Newham Council blocked it from opening a new branch in Upton Park, Hackney, on the grounds that the majority of the shop’s income would be generated from gaming machines known as fixed-odds terminals.

Anti-gambling campaigners claim fixed-odds terminals are highly addictive and have labelled them the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph online. 

Campaign supports Newham’s case against Paddy Power

Posted on June 4, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has backed Newham Council in their case against Paddy Power, who have applied to open another betting shop in an economically deprived borough where there are already more than 80.

Newham have expressed concerns, due in part to the location of the proposed shop on Green Street, which would be situated around 100 yards from another Paddy Power and near to a Ladbrokes, which is opposite another Ladbrokes.

Newham are the first local authority to object to a premise license on the basis that the shop will be used for gaming on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) rather than traditional over the counter betting. If Newham succeed, it will set a national precedent for other local authorities wanting to stem the proliferation of betting shops on their high streets. (more…)

You bet, Brits love a ‘flutter’

Posted on June 3, 2013 by admin

The spot-fixing scandal that has devastated the IPL points to the massive illegal betting industry that rides on cash-rich sports. Legalising betting is being suggested as a remedy, but it may only worsen the disease.

English language is rather good at evoking the British passion for gambling — people ‘gambling away’ their wealth, ‘betting the bank’ on a whim, ‘taking a punt’ on anything that might take their fancy, from horses and football matches to weather and the likely gender of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s baby.

Brits love a ‘flutter’ and make no bones about it. Betting became legal in 1960 with the enactment of the Betting and Gaming Act, 1960. Today, it is a multi-billion pound industry. High-street betting shops, which represent just a fraction of Britain’s bourgeoning gambling trade, alone contribute £3 billion a year to the British economy, according to evidence submitted by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) to Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sports Committee.

To read the full article visit The Hindu Times online. 

FOBTs are becoming a serious problem in Wales

Posted on May 16, 2013 by admin

Stop the FOBTs campaigner Adrian Parkinson this week featured on Wales This Week’s programme on problem gambling. Adrian has 25 years’ experience in the betting industry, and in the role of regional machines manager at the Tote, was responsible for rolling out FOBTs.

The programme features one of thousands of problem gamblers whose problems developed as a result of an addiction to FOBTs. As Professor Jim Orford said, the accessibility of machines where you can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds is producing negative social consequences, and consequences which the state are not equipped to deal with. (more…)