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Treasury backs down on fixed-dds betting curbs

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Fixed-odds betting terminals – described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” – will be subject to new curbs after Philip Hammond dropped his opposition to limiting their maximum stake, The Times can reveal.

The issue has caused divisions in Whitehall, with the Treasury resisting proposals by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) to cut the maximum stake because they would cost £400 million a year in lost tax revenues.

Read the full story in The Times.

New curbs planned for high-stakes gaming machines

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Ministers are poised to bring in new curbs on gaming machines after the Treasury dropped its objections to a crackdown.

The Government is looking at limiting the stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Student gambling debts up to £10,000 according to Gambling Commission

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Ben Haden of the Gambling Commission spoke on the Victoria Derbyshire show about problem gambling and debts amongst the student community as another academic year is about to begin. Revealing that some students have gambling debts of £10,000, Victoria Derbyshire discussed the risks posed to students with a representative of the NUS, as well as Campaign Spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin.

You can watch the piece back on BBC iPlayer from 16 to 33 minutes in.

Some students have £10,000 gambling debt, says Gambling Commission

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Some students have run up gambling debts of £10,000 or more, a Gambling Commission director has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Ben Haden said his organisation was concerned about the impact gambling was having on undergraduates.

Read the full story on the BBC News.

Scotland is gambling capital of Britain as two-thirds of adults have a punt each year

Posted on September 10, 2017 by admin

Scotland is the gambling capital of Britain with more than two-thirds of adults having a punt each year, new research has revealed.

Around 68 per cent of people have gambled over the last 12 months compared with just 52 per cent in London.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Campaign Spokesman discusses FOBTs on talkRADIO

Posted on September 9, 2017 by admin

Campaign Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin speaks to talkRADIO about gambling addiction, FOBTs and the fight to reduce the maximum stake.

Listen back to the piece on talkRADIO.

More than £75million gambled on betting machines in Mortherwell and Wishaw last year

Posted on September 8, 2017 by admin

Punters in the area lost £3.75million last year after more than £14million was put into the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Now MSP Clare Adamson is demanding action over the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with many gamblers addicted to the machines, which raked in £78.2million.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Problem gambling is soaring. Labour is right to pledge radical reform

Posted on September 7, 2017 by admin

Campaign Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin writes for The Guardian.

“When Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson was challenged on Newsnight last week about his party’s role in liberalising gambling, he signalled a long-awaited shift in Labour’s philosophical approach to how it should be regulated, away from the “growth” orientated framework introduced by Tony Blair that has led to 430,000 problem gamblers in Britain, with more than 2 million people in the UK either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction.”

Read the full story on The Guardian.

Is the Gambling Act fit for purpose?

Posted on September 6, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling explains why it believes the 2005 Gambling Act is no longer fit for purpose. (more…)

Labour pledge to ban betting companies from advertising on football shirts

Posted on September 6, 2017 by admin

The Labour Party would ban football clubs from signing shirt sponsorship deals with betting companies, the deputy leader Tom Watson has announced.

The announcement is an attempt by the Labour party to put pressure on the government ahead of a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) review into gambling advertising and fixed-odds betting terminals, which is due to be published in early November.

Read the full story in The Independent.