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Labour: Scrap betting ads on football kits

Posted on September 6, 2017 by admin

Labour says it would ban gambling firms from advertising on football shirts if it came to power.

The party’s deputy leader Tom Watson said football had to “play its part in tackling Britain’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction.”

Read the full story on the BBC News.

Gambling is an industry that feasts on the poor and vulnerable

Posted on September 5, 2017 by admin

Helen Pidd, North of England editor of the Guardian, writes “As the betting addict who went on a rampage in Liverpool pointed out, bar staff don’t pour pints for people who have had too many. Why can’t the government rein in the bookies’ relentless growth?”

Read the full piece on The Guardian.

Bishop piles pressure on Tory ministers to end ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ machines

Posted on September 4, 2017 by admin

A top bishop has piled pressure on ministers to tackle the “crack cocaine” of gambling.

Bishop of St Albans Dr Alan Smith urged the Government to act over fixed-odds betting terminals, where gamblers can risk losing £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Philip Hammond hints at moves to restrict fixed-odds gambling machines

Posted on September 4, 2017 by admin

The government may be preparing to crack down on addictive gambling machines despite claims earlier this year that the Treasury had killed off an attempt to impose tighter regulation.

Read the full story in The Times.

UK finance minister signals support for review of gambling machines

Posted on September 4, 2017 by admin

Britain’s finance minister has indicated he will support the outcome of a review of high-stake gambling machines in betting shops even if it reduces tax revenue.

Read the full story on The Daily Mail.

Pressure grows on gambling industry to stop tipsters profiting from losses

Posted on September 4, 2017 by admin

Pressure is mounting on the gambling industry to end gaming affiliate schemes after Sky Bet closed its programme, citing changing regulatory requirements.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Blitz on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines set to be launched after Philip Hammond backs down over fears of lost tax earnings

Posted on September 3, 2017 by admin

Ministers are planning a clampdown on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines after Chancellor Philip Hammond backed down over the issue.

Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have long caused concerns among campaigners including the Church of England over the ‘devastating’ effects they have on users.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Gambling firms accused of `wining and dining´ MPs before betting machines review

Posted on September 2, 2017 by admin

Bookmakers and sports organisations top the list of donors treating MPs to gifts and hospitality, leading to claims that the gambling industry is “desperate” to influence Parliament.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Government prepares clampdown on fixed-odds betting machines

Posted on September 2, 2017 by admin

The government has signalled that it is preparing to clamp down on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – the gambling machines described as the “crack cocaine” of the betting world. But the extent to which the machines will be controlled is dividing the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Sports and betting companies accused of using gifts and donations to influence MPs

Posted on September 2, 2017 by admin

Sports and bookies have been accused of trying to lobby and influence MPs after appearing more frequently on the list of donors treating MPs to gifts and hospitality than companies from any other industry.

Read the full story on iNews.