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Bookmakers Targeting Vulnerable Demographics

Posted on November 9, 2010 by admin

It’s a safe assumption that bookmakers are targeting certain demographics of the population when they decide where to open new betting shops. This targeting is made clear when you consider that the ratio of betting shops per head of population in the UK is several times higher in urban areas, like Haringey where a landmark review is taking place, compared with rural areas. (more…)

The clustering of betting shops

Posted on November 8, 2010 by admin

The upcoming review of the clustering of betting shops in Haringey is an important milestone in the fairer gambling campaign, and we are fully focussed on raising our concerns over the bookmakers’ motivations to open more shops in close proximity, and the repercussions for Haringey’s residents.

In 2009, there were 2,095 gambling licenses in operation in London – 70 of which were in Haringey – Green Lanes Parade has nine shops within 350 metres of each other. There have also been almost 750 public-order offences related to gambling premises over the past two years in Haringey alone – more than one a day. So we have no idea how CEO of William Hill, Ralph Topping, can justify his claims that betting shops are bringing benefits to the area. (more…)

Fairer Gambling

Posted on November 3, 2010 by admin

The Fairer Gambling campaign focused on getting its message across at the review of betting shop clustering in Haringey. We worked hard to get all of the key information to the participants ahead of the discussion on November 10, and raised our concerns over the bookmakers’ motivation to open more shops and the potential repercussions for the people of Haringey.

One focus for the review is to question why there are so many betting shops in Haringey. Once you consider all the facts the answer to this question is actually quite straight forward. It is also indicative of a wider problem surrounding a lack of effective legislation in the UK. The gaming regulations permit a maximum of four betting machines per shop and, based on the bookmakers annual accounts, it turns out that these machines provide the betting shops with around half of their revenue. It is easy to understand, then, that the bookmakers are just maximising profits by having more machines – albeit in multiple locations in close proximity. (more…)