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Will the Prime Minister walk the walk on FOBTs?

Posted on August 5, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks if the new Prime Minister and a newly appointed Secretary of State at DCMS will be able to address the problems caused by fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

Councils call for new measures to curb gambling

Posted on July 27, 2016 by admin

Councils are calling for greater powers to deal with controversial Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and the proliferation of betting shops.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a change in the current maximum stake on FOBTs, which allow gamblers to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story on the Christian Institute website

Calls for the Government to slash the maximum stake size on fixed-odds betting machines from £100 a spin to £2

Posted on July 27, 2016 by admin

The Government is being urged to rethink its decision not to cut the stake size on fixed-odds betting terminals, by the London council spearheading the fight against the controversial machines.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales is calling for the maximum stake to be cut from £100 a spin to £2.

Read the full story in This is Money

‘There’s always someone kicking off’: the perils of being a bookmaker

Posted on July 27, 2016 by admin

Harry Vale decided to quit his job as a bookmaker the day a drunken punter forced his face between the protective bars over the betting shop counter and launched an expletive-ridden tirade over a lost bet.

It was a violent end to a two-year stint with a high street bookmaker in Birmingham, when such displays of rage and desperation became commonplace to Vale.

Read his full story in the Guardian 

Betting shops odds-on favourites to be targeted by robbers, police warn

Posted on July 25, 2016 by admin

Almost 40% of all serious crime against businesses targeted betting shops last year, according to a presentation by London flying squad officers to the gambling industry.

The presentation, which has not been published but has been seen by the Guardian, is the first official indication of police concern about the vulnerability of the bookmakers’ business model, which relies on large cash transactions in lightly staffed premises.

Read the full story in the Guardian

Gambling firms spent half a billion pounds on TV adverts since 2012

Posted on July 21, 2016 by admin

Gambling companies spent nearly half a billion pounds on TV advertising in the last three and a half years, figures compiled by Nielsen show.

The spend increased from £81.2 million in 2012 to £118.5 million in 2015, a jump of 46 per cent. The total amount the industry has spent over the period is £456 million.

Read the full story in the Independent

Crack cocaine’ gambling machines mean Britain’s betting shops ‘now world’s most violent’

Posted on July 11, 2016 by admin

Experts say fixed-odds terminals are to blame for a worrying increase in violent incidents in betting shops across the UK

Addictive fixed-odds terminals are making UK betting shops the most­ ­violent and dangerous gambling venues in the world, MPs have been warned.

Derek Webb of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling said a terminal was to blame for a shop manager being killed and the attempted murder of a female employee.

Read the full story in the Daily Mirror

Gambling losses rise sharply to £300 per person

Posted on July 5, 2016 by admin

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

£12billion: That’s the staggering sum Britons now lose every year gambling. Pity politicians are too busy squabbling to care, writes DOMINIC LAWSON

Posted on July 5, 2016 by admin

Astonishing acts of self-mutilation afflicting both the Government and Opposition have so dominated the news that serious damage being done to society as a whole has been all but ignored.

Thus the latest details of the sums sucked out of the pockets of Britons by the gambling industry slipped out last Friday without the slightest comment.

Read the full story in the Daily Mail

Brits lose record amount on gambling due to online betting and ‘crack cocaine’ machines

Posted on July 4, 2016 by admin

Unlucky Brits lost a record £12.6billion on gambling last year – that’s up £1.4bn on the year before.

The shock rise was due to an increase in online gambling and so-called “crack cocaine” fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in the Daily Mirror