Glasgow is losing more to fixed-odds betting terminals than any other council area in the country, according to research.
The machines, dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling, are costing Scotland’s largest city £27 million a year in lost money, health expenses and job problems associated with addiction to the terminals.
Read the full story in The Times.
Britain’s advertising regulator has unveiled a set of new standards for gambling ads, on the back of a broad government consultation on the health risks associated with the sprawling industry.
The new standards will restrict adverts that create what the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) deem to convey an “inappropriate sense of urgency” – such as those that include phrases like Bet Now! to push offers during live events.
Read the full story in The Independent.
The £1billion toll of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: More than 120,000 users of highly addictive fixed odds terminals could be classed as problem gamblers
More than 120,000 users of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines could be classed as problem gamblers, a report has found.
The toll is exposed in a report by economists, who conclude that gambling on fixed-odds betting terminals is hitting the poorest parts of the country the hardest.
Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
Matt Zarb-Cousin writes for the Independent:
“Despite instructions from the Gambling Commission to ‘root out the sexism’, promo girls were paraded round exhibition booths by an industry entirely detached from societal norms. This isn’t a sector used to being told what to do.”
Read the full piece in The Independent.