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Liverpool votes to ban gambling machines

Posted on November 7, 2013 by admin

Liverpool city council has voted to ban high-stakes, high-speed gambling machines, with councillors claiming that people are losing money they can ill afford to in betting shops.

Councillor Nick Small, who tabled the motion, said the city would be asking the government to either ban fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) or give councils powers to limit stakes and/or prizes on the machines, and restrict how many betting shops can open in certain areas.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Councillors impose robust conditions on East Ham betting shop

Posted on November 6, 2013 by admin

Newham Council has imposed tough new conditions on a betting shop described by a councillor as a “honeypot for gangsters”.

Councillors sitting on the licensing sub-committee on November 1 said the William Hill branch at 181 High Street North, in East Ham must have a full CCTV system with four external cameras, a minimum of two members of staff and an intruder alarm and a panic button. The shop must also insist customers undert 21 provide ID and the store must carry out an undercover test purchase at least once every six months.

East Ham councillor Ian Corbett told the hearing the William Hill branch was “a honey pot for gangsters and gangland people from other parts of London to come to”.

Read the full article in The Newham Recorder online.

PM hints at taking a ‘proper look’ at FOBTs

Posted on October 24, 2013 by admin

Prime Minister David Cameron entered the debate surrounding fixed odds betting terminals yesterday when he told parliament he would take a ‘proper look’ at the issue.

Read the full story in The Racing Post.

Campaign slams government inaction on FOBTs

Posted on October 24, 2013 by admin

In its announcement on the Triennial Review of gaming machine stakes and prizes, the DCMS left the stake and prize levels of FOBTs untouched.

Read the full article in Coinslot magazine here.

All bets are off: Campaigners praise Highland Council as they block new betting shop

Posted on October 21, 2013 by admin

Campaigners claim a landmark ruling to stop a new betting shop in the Highlands could halt the spread of casino-type gambling machines.

Highland Council’s licensing board are the first authority in Scotland and only the second in the UK to refuse a bookmaker’s operating licence.

They rejected an application from William Hill to open a bookies in the Merkinch area of Inverness – opposite a charity for people with drugs and alcohol addictions.

You can read the full article in the Daily Record here.

Government support for gambling prize rises criticised

Posted on October 17, 2013 by admin

The Evangelical Alliance has criticised the Government for continually raising the stakes and prizes on gambling machines.

Under the changes, the maximum stake is increasing from £2 to £5, while jackpots are rising from £4,000 to £10,000.

The biggest win from fruit machines with a maximum stake of £1 will increase from £70 to £100.

Read the full article in Christian Today online.

Gamblers lose £33m on fixed odds betting machines across Kent and Medway

Posted on October 17, 2013 by admin

Betting machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ are costing Kent players millions of pounds, it’s been revealed.

Across Kent and Medway, players gambled hundreds of millions of pounds on so-called Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) between September 2011 and the same month last year.

Of that, a whopping £33m was lost – often in high street stores – according to figures just released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.

Read the full article in The Kent Online

Executive Summary: The Campaign’s Triennial Review submission

Posted on October 16, 2013 by admin

Following the announcement of the Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stakes and Prizes in January 2013, the Campaign set to work gathering as much evidence as possible to aid the DCMS in its review – especially in relation to B2 machines, also known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

The Campaign’s full submission was exceptionally detailed, but for a quick summary of the concerns, statistics, evidence and opinions that were raised, please take a look at our condensed executive summary.

For more on the Campaign’s reaction to the Triennial Review, please click here to view our recent press release.

Church groups condemn plans to increase gambling machine prizes

Posted on October 14, 2013 by admin

Church groups and campaigners have attacked the government over plans to increase the prizes on offer from gambling machines and for refusing to curb the rise of high-speed betting terminals in high-street bookmakers.

Ministers have said that, after consulting widely, they believe it is clear the betting industry needs bigger prizes to stimulate the market and boost companies’ bottom lines.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Bookies saved from fresh drive against ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling machines

Posted on October 11, 2013 by admin

Anti-gambling campaigners have criticised a government decision to take no action against betting shop machines dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Bookmakers breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it had decided not to reduce stakes or prizes on lucrative fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), where punters can stake £100 per play and win a jackpot of £500.

Read the full article in The Times online.