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Local Authority Licensing Powers Over Betting Shops

Posted on August 13, 2012 by admin

Recently the Department of Culture Media and Sport issued a report on the hearing into the 2005 Gambling Act. A major recommendation was a shift towards more local authority (LA) licensing responsibility. The Chairman of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has acknowledged that, based on a 2009 concordat, LAs have a regulatory role over day-to-day compliance and enforcement. (more…)

Do you still agree with “no evidence of problem gambling” claims?

Posted on August 7, 2012 by admin

In our letter to the Department of Culture Media and Sport gambling enquiry select committee we ask whether they still agree with “no evidence of problem gambling” claims, following the Dispatches programme on Channel 4.

Dispatches: Our view

Posted on August 6, 2012 by admin

Statement in reaction to Britain’s High Street Gamble: Dispatches 

“We have been very disturbed by the number of FOBTs on Britain’s high streets for some time now, and are glad that this devastating issue is finally starting to get the attention it deserves from the media and politicians. (more…)

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…)