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Britain’s High Street Gamble: Dispatches

Posted on August 6, 2012 by admin

An insightful programme from Michael Crick and Channel 4’s Dispatches team on Monday 6th August, echoing many of the sentiments we have been trying to highlight for some time. Watch it on 4OD here.


Our response to the gambling enquiry findings

Posted on August 3, 2012 by admin

“We are very disturbed by the committee recommendations. Instead of cutting back on destructive roulette machines in betting shops (known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – “FOBTs” or B2s), they are recommending more FOBTs in betting shops and allowing them in other venues.

“Adding more FOBTs in betting shops will not reduce betting shop premises clustering; it will result in increased machine clustering. (more…)

Reduce centralised gambling regulation, says committee

Posted on July 24, 2012 by admin

Decisions should be made where impacts are felt – locally – with just enough central regulation to protect vulnerable, especially children

In a report published on Tuesday 24 July 2012, the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee says that the Gambling Act 2005 resulted in numerous inconsistencies and is not sufficiently evidence based. The Committee says more power should be devolved to local authorities—which have the local knowledge to assess their impact—with central regulation existing to ensure high standards of protection for the vulnerable, particularly children. See our response here. (more…)

New Statesman Article

Posted on May 3, 2012 by admin

To read our submitted article in the New Statesman, warning against the dangers of addictive betting machines, click here

Primary Activity: Bookie’s showing the true colour of their money

Posted on March 22, 2012 by admin

It has been evident for some years that FOBT or B2 machine activity is exceeding over-the-counter activity in betting shops. Reviewing Ladbrokes recent accounts, it is apparent that over 80% of the turnover it generated is now from FOBTs, compared to under 20% from traditional betting.

Whilst it is accepted that the win figures from FOTB and over-the-counter betting activities are closer to 50% each, the fact that the machines generate four times as much turnover than the betting is indicative of problems they cause. These figures surely show beyond reasonable doubt the addictive and potentially harmful nature of these machines. (more…)

About time too!

Posted on August 2, 2011 by admin

In its latest effort to change gambling legislation for the better the Fairer Gambling Campaign is playing a proactive role in the Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s new inquiry into gambling. The inquiry will be looking at the implementation and operation of the Gambling Act 2005 focusing on whether the Act’s three main objectives are being adhered to (gambling is crime free, conducted in a fair and open manner, and protecting children and vulnerable people from its adverse elements). (more…)

Premises reminders don’t work

Posted on May 19, 2011 by admin

The Fairer Gambling campaign has warned the Gambling Commission that it can issue as many premises reminders as it wishes, but until it puts the correct policing measures in place nothing will change.

The notices – aimed at betting shops who were not complying with the Commission’s License Conditions and Codes of Practice – have been issued by the Gambling Commission to remind betting shop operators that betting must be the primary gambling activity on-site. (more…)

A View From the International Conference on Gambling Studies

Posted on May 6, 2011 by admin

Representatives from the Fairer Gambling campaign attended the International Conference on Gambling Studies at the Nottingham Conference centre this month. The event brought together academics from around the world and offered a snapshot of the gambling theories currently being explored by the academic community. It turned out to be a very interesting experience for all that attended. (more…)

Machines in the spotlight

Posted on January 20, 2011 by admin

We recently issued a press release regarding a recent announcement made by the UK Gambling Commission that it will develop research into problem gambling and put gaming machines in the spotlight. See our release below…

Industry expert welcomes UK Gambling Commission announcement that puts machines in the spotlight

Gambling industry expert, inventor of Three Card Poker, and the manager of Prime Table Games, Derek Webb has welcomed the UK Gambling Commission’s recent announcement that it will develop research into problem gambling and put gaming machines in the spotlight.  (more…)

The question the bookmakers avoided

Posted on November 18, 2010 by admin

Members of the gambling industry, Haringey Councillors and residents came together on Wednesday 10 November for the Haringey Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee investigation of the clustering of betting shops in the area, and we were able to also attend the proceedings.

The meeting, split into two sessions, provided a great opportunity for residents and the industry to openly discuss the problem with the clustering of betting shops and the reasons behind it. (more…)