On 20th October 2016, the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, asked a question in the House of Lords about steps being taken to prevent those at risk of gambling-related harm. His follow up question and those from other members of the House can be found at the Church of England in Parliament website
Bishop of St Alban’s asks government about link between Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and rise in violent crime at betting shops
“The impact that fixed odds betting terminals have on society is disconcerting: they have been linked to debilitating social dislocation including inability to concentrate at work, family breakdowns, mental health issues and even suicide.
When I give oral evidence to the all-party group inquiry on fixed odds betting terminals today, I will argue that the best way forward would be the reduction of the maximum stake per spin cut down to £2…”
Read the full Opinion Piece in The Times
An English-based pro football player considered suicide after racking up enormous gambling debts.
The stunning revelations come from a new study which explores the depth of gambling addiction within football.
Bangor University, in conjunction with its London and Oxford counterparts, interviewed 11 British players who have all experienced gambling problems.
Read the full story in The Sun
The UK government has been rumoured to be contemplating a new review of its gambling legislation pertaining to the operation of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).
According to a report in British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail, the UK’s new prime minister Theresa May has “cleared the way” for parliamentary discussion of potential restrictions on the gaming terminals, which have been dubbed by their opponents as the “crack cocaine of gambling.”
Read the full story in Betting Business
The average Briton lost almost £300 gambling last year as the amount bet online jumped to a record high. Punters lost a record £1.71 billion on fixed-odds betting terminals, known as the crack cocaine of gambling.
Collectively Britons lost £12.6 billion last year, the equivalent of £286 for every adult in the country, the Gambling Commission said. The actual amount bet would have been higher because the figures only cover losses, not money staked.
Read the full story in The Times
Problem gambling in Wales has been described as a “huge hidden problem” by a leading addiction expert.
Wynfod Ellis Owen, Chief Executive of Living Room in Cardiff – a centre that helps addicts – has called on the Welsh Government to follow Scotland and England by undertaking research into the issue.
Read the full story on the ITV website
GAMBLER ATTACK: Bookies horror as fiend leaves young female cashier for dead after brutal sexual mutilation
A maniac who sexually mutilated a young woman working alone in a betting shop was jailed for life yesterday.
The gambling addict had just blown £400 in 20 minutes on a roulette machine, a court heard.
Singh, 43, lured his victim by claiming the machine was broken before forcing her into a staff toilet where he carried out a sickening 20-minute assault.
Read the full story in The Sun
Victoria Derbyshire explains the rise of FOBTs on UK high streets and the damaging effects of FOBT addiction.
Watch again on BBC iPlayer at 43 mins
The Friday morning discussion of new referrals to the National Problem Gambling clinic provides a sharp picture of why pathological gambling is such a catastrophe for those who become addicted and their families. Medical staff gather in an airy upstairs room of the Fulham, south-west London clinic and take an hour to fill each other in on the profiles of their new referrals.
Read the full story in the Guardian