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Bookie attacks on the rise as frustrated punters lose £100 every 20 seconds

Posted on February 20, 2017 by admin

A huge increase in ­betting shop staff being threatened has been blamed on ­controversial casino-style slot machines.

Punters can lose £100 every 20 seconds on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – branded the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Read the full story in the Daily Record

BALPPA Backs FOBT Campaign

Posted on February 17, 2017 by admin

The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has become the latest organisation to back the growing campaign for action on FOBTs.

BALPPA is the Trade Association representing owners, managers, suppliers and developers in the UK’s commercial leisure parks, piers, zoos, family entertainment centres (indoor play and soft play centres) and static visitor attractions sector. BALPPA speaks for some 300 members, and ultimately for many millions of customers every year.

Read the full story on the Coin-Op Comminity website

Is protecting the commercial interests of bookmakers more important than protecting consumers?

Posted on February 17, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling criticises the work of the All Party Parliamentary Betting and Gaming Group and writes that the group should focus on protecting gambling consumers rather than protecting the bookmaking firms, many of which are located offshore.

Church of England urges government to lower maximum FOBT stake to £2

Posted on February 16, 2017 by admin

The Church of England has waded into the ongoing debate over fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK, calling on the government to lower the maximum stake for games to £2.

The General Synod, the legislative body of the Church, highlighted the “destructive impact” which accessible, high-stake machine gambling can have on families and whole communities, and the “widespread public concern” about the very large amounts being wagered at FOBTs located in high street betting shops.

Read the full story on Gaming Intelligence

 

Church wants £2 maximum stake on betting terminals

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

The Church of England is today set to back a call to lower the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to as little as £2.

In a co-ordinated campaign against the machines known as gambling’s “crack cocaine”, the London Diocese will move that members of the General Synod lobby the government to cut the maximum stake on the betting terminals “very substantially”.

Read the full story in The Times

General Synod demands government reduce top spend on betting machines

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

Betting machines that allow people to spend £100 a minute should be tighter regulated and the maximum spend slashed, the Church of England’s ruling body has said.

General Synod decided unanimously to back a motion that calls on the government to impose a top stake of £2 a go.

It was a “matter of urgency” that ministers brought in new laws to regulate the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), the motion said.

Read the full story on Premier

Parliamentary Group calls for a government action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith, as a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), has called on the government to take against the machines.

The All-Party Group, formed to investigate the impact of FOBTs on communities, launched an inquiry in June 2016 which invited policymakers, bookmakers, those with gambling addictions and others to submit evidence.

Read the full story on Jeff Smith MP’s website

Parliamentarians: Please support your colleagues – the bookies are attacking their integrity

Posted on February 7, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling urges MPs to support its aims and that of the APPG on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to reduce the maximum stake on these machines to £2 per spin. (more…)

Church demands action on ‘pernicious’ betting machines: Call to slash huge stakes on shop terminals that ’cause misery’

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

The Church of England is to urge a Government clampdown on controversial betting machines – described as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – at its General Synod next week.

The Diocese of London has filed a motion to the Synod slamming the fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) as ‘a pernicious form of high street gambling … wholly lacking in any social benefit’ and ‘causing great harm and misery to thousands of people’.

Read the full story on ThisIsMoney.co.uk

‘I lost everything’ – Cardiff woman warns of gambling dangers

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

A woman from Cardiff has spoken out about the dangers of gambling, after she was imprisoned for a crime she committed to fuel her addiction.

Sarah Grant says she started gambling from a young age after growing up in a pub environment surrounded by fruit machines. It began to develop into a much more serious problem when she started betting online.

She successfully managed to hide her addiction from friends and family for over 15 years, until she was jailed for theft last year.

Read the full story on the ITV News website