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Posted on August 15, 2012 by admin

Our campaign has recently been featured in Public Sector Executive (July/August 2012 edition).

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Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls for tighter policing of Gambling Act

Posted on August 14, 2012 by admin

Lax policing of the Gambling Act 2005 is undermining its purpose, according to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.

With the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) chairman Philip Graf, claiming that it is not its duty to police the Gambling Act, legislation is fast becoming worryingly difficult to enforce and monitor. (more…)

High Street Gambling – should be LAs “primary” concern

Posted on August 14, 2012 by admin

Dear Local Authority Licensing Officer,

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 of betting shop licences. (more…)

Intergame exclusive: Concern over FOBT roulette content

Posted on August 14, 2012 by admin

See our exclusive interview with Intergame here

A pack of lies…

Posted on August 13, 2012 by admin

See our latest advert on why the bookmakers’ arguments about roulette machines simply don’t stack up…

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…)