Posted on February 1, 2018
£2 limit to curb ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling
The maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals – dubbed the crack cocaine of high street gambling – is set to be reduced to £2 following the closure of the public consultation on January 23rd.
Initial proposals in October 2017 offered reductions in the maximum stake on the machines between £50 and £2, but the understanding is that the “overwhelming” response to the public consultation has persuaded the Government to opt for the £2 maximum stake.
Stop the FOBTs in 2017
Posted on January 1, 2018
It’s been another busy year for the Campaign and with the government announcing a consultation period in October which runs until January 23rd, the battle against FOBTs is now at fever pitch.
Over the past 12 months, FOBTs have been making headlines, ruining lives and the topic of many heated debates amongst UK MPs.
Posted on December 1, 2017
Northern Ireland bookie arrested in gambling law probe
In November, Campaign founder Derek Webb traveled to Northern Ireland to speak as an expert on FOBTs in a BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight investigation into FOBTs and their impact in the area.
As the presenter investigated the impact FOBTs have had on the area, Derek was on hand to explain the reason the machines are so addictive, and why the maximum stakes per spin should be slashed to £2. During the programme, Spotlight disclosed a letter from the NI Attorney General to a senior politician declaring an opinion of the illegality of FOBTs in Northern Ireland.
This was quickly succeeded by the news that a Northern Ireland bookie had been arrested as part of a police investigation into whether the machines breach gambling laws. Despite the Gambling Act 2005 being introduced into the UK, the last law introduced in Northern Ireland in 1985 states that gaming machines should have a maximum stake of 30p, with an upward winning limit of £8.
Posted on November 1, 2017
Maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to be cut from £100
This piece of news has been hard to hide from in the closing days of October. The long-awaited DCMS triennial review has announced a 12-week consultation on a range of proposals. The options for the FOBT maximum stake are £50, our objective stake of £2, or an intermediate amount of £20 or £30.
The 12-week consultation period launched on October 31st to ‘ensure stronger protections around online gambling’, alongside a package of measures intended to promote responsible gambling.
Posted on October 1, 2017
Labour threatens to tax betting giants and ban advertising on football shirts
In August the party committed to supporting Culture Secretary in the fight over “crack cocaine” gambling, and September saw two big announcements on Labour’s planned moves against gambling firms.
At the beginning of the month it was reported on the BBC News, in The Independent and many more than Labour would ban football clubs from signing sponsorship deals with betting companies.