Hyndburn MP Graham Jones and betting chain William Hill have been at odds over shops recently. In a recent article MP Graham Jones supported our recommendations for FOBTs and challenged the number of betting shops in his borough. Read the full story here.
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The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has retained Matt Zarb-Cousin to help get its message out.
Matt, whose previous roles have included a researcher in the House of Commons, will work on the Campaign with founder Derek Webb to highlight the issues surrounding “FOBTs” (fixed odds betting terminals), also known as B2 machines – the machines found offering roulette in high street betting shops. These machines were introduced when the betting shop sector was unregulated and then legitimised by the Labour Party in the 2005 Gambling Act. They have since multiplied to such an extent that they have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are undertaking a consultation entitled:”New opportunities for sustainable development and growth through the reuse of existing buildings”. Read our submission here, urging reform in the planning system so that bookmakers are put into their own specific use class, so that local people can address serious issues of proliferation.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling is again challenging the assertions of the Gambling Commission. The Commission issued a Bulletin to its licensing authorities shortly after an advert was placed in a public service magazine about breaching of betting licenses, which attempted to clarify assertions by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling that the turnover generated by FOBTs changes the primary purpose of betting shops from betting to gaming, which would constitute a breach of license. (more…)
Following the Lib Dem announcement regarding the proposed reduction in stakes on FOBTs, Intergame ran our response, welcoming the plans and reinforcing the recommendations we have been campaigning for. Read the story online here.
Daily Mail online: Ministers plot new curbs on gambling machines that allow punters to stake £15,000 an hour
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We’ve also had coverage in the Coinslot magazine recently – the campaign is featured on both the front cover and page 5 of the latest issue….