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Posted on September 19, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s latest insight on the debate around fixed odds betting terminals and whether new regulations are now required. (more…)

Bookies offer £8m for adverts about addiction

Posted on September 18, 2017 by admin

Betting companies, broadcasters and advertisers have offered to fund an £8 million campaign to raise awareness of addiction before a long-awaited government review into the industry.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is expected to publish its findings in the next few weeks on issues including the growing number of betting adverts on television.

Read the full story in The Times.

Betting and media firms offer to fund addiction awareness ad campaign

Posted on September 17, 2017 by admin

Betting firms and broadcasters have made an offer to the government to fund an £8m addiction awareness campaign, in a move Labour warned must not be a “stitch-up” to stave off tighter regulation of adverts.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will publish a long-awaited review of the gambling industry within weeks, including the government’s view on the rising number of betting adverts on television.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

‘He’s sweating and rubbing his nose. Within minutes, he’s lost £400 on the machines

Posted on September 17, 2017 by admin

With a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals on the way, reporter Jamie Doward spent the day at the bookies and discovered the true extent of the problem.

Read the full piece in The Guardian.

UK gambling map of misery shows how betting shops cluster in poverty areas

Posted on September 16, 2017 by admin

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, whose responsibilities include the betting industry, is to produce her report into high-stakes gaming machines at the end of next month.

It is expected to contain options for curbs on computerised fixed-odds betting terminals, which are built to swallow £100 in 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

£13million lost to fixed odds betting terminals in South Lanarkshire in just one year

Posted on September 15, 2017 by admin

People across South Lanarkshire lost £13million in betting machines known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ in just one year.

Figures, released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, show the cash was spent at fixed odds betting terminals in the county in the 2015/16 financial year.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

North Lanarkshire gamblers lost nearly £100m on machines in last eight years

Posted on September 14, 2017 by admin

Alex Neil is calling for action to tackle “toxic” fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) after new figures showed North Lanarkshire gamblers have lost nearly £90 million on the machines in the past eight years – including more than £13m in 2015-2016 alone.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

You might be limited to a £2 gamble on betting machines at the bookies very soon

Posted on September 13, 2017 by admin

If you fancy a flutter on the betting machine at your local bookies then you might not be able to gamble more than £2.

Those who like a flutter on machines in bookies up and down the country can currently stake as much as £100 a time, every 20 seconds. But a limit could soon be applied after the Chancellor Phillip Hammond dropped his opposition to the plans to reduce the betting amount to £2.

Read the full story in The Sun.

Might, not right: betting firms get their due on fixed-odds machines

Posted on September 13, 2017 by admin

Gambling companies’ defence of fixed-odds betting terminals has failed. It is now odds-on that the government will cut the maximum stake from £100. How did this happen to an industry, despite compelling evidence of social harm done by these machines, seemed to have might on its side?

Read the full piece in The Guardian.

Action, comment, talk, silence and panic

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Derek Webb of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling explains the changing dynamics of the FOBT and gambling media debate. (more…)