Reform concerns over new minister
Posted on May 19, 2015

A GAMBLING campaigner from Wigan lobbying for reforms has reacted with dismay at the appointment of the new culture secretary.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed John Whittingdale in the cabinet role last week, replacing Sajid Javid.

But representatives from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling are concerned about Mr Whittingdale’s history of supporting the use of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and the relaxation of gambling laws.

Dubbed the crack-cocaine of gambling, the quick-play roulette machines can take up to £100 from gamblers every 20 seconds.

Read the full article in Wigan Today online.


Millions sucked out of the economy by FOBTs
Posted on March 19, 2015

SHOCK figures show gamblers across Wigan borough have piled £40m into betting machines dubbed the “crack cocaine” of gambling.

The statistics – released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling – estimate a loss of £1,600 per punter on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

Wigan campaigner and gambling whistle-blower Adrian Parkinson said the startling figures support calls for a cap on how much can be staked on the fast play machines.

Read the full article in Wigan Today online.


Interview: UK measures failing to halt FOBT growth, campaign group warns
Posted on March 5, 2015

Financial results released last week by Ladbrokes and William Hill have proved that the implementation of a £50 threshold on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) in the UK has failed to halt the growth of the controversial gambling machines, Adrian Parkinson, a spokesman and consultant for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, has told

Last April, the UK government introduced new rules to ensure that gamblers have to tell staff or open an online account if they want to bet more than £50 of their own money at a time.

Read the full article in Totally Gaming online.


Paddy Power criticised for targeting UK immigrant areas
Posted on March 2, 2015

Listed betting operator Paddy Power, has been criticised by UK MPs and anti-gambling campaigner, after research from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling (CFFG) showed that 61% of Paddy Power’s 327 UK betting shops were located in high density immigrant areas such as Newham and Brent in London.

Anti-gambling campaigners have criticised the bookmaker of deliberately targeting immigrant areas knowing that they are at greater risk of problem gambling, as cultural differences mean that certain ethnic groups including Muslims, Chinese and Indians are less likely to seek professional help regarding problem gambling.

Read the full article in SBC News online.


Stop the FOBTs – The Campaign So Far
Posted on July 8, 2014

Thanks to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s ‘Stop the FOBTs’ the issues surrounding FOBTs have remained high on the political agenda. Over recent months, Stop the FOBTs has been gathering further momentum and public support as more evidence collected by the Campaign is exposed in the media. The only way to minimise the harmful effects of FOBTs is to reduce the maximum stake per spin from £100 to £2, in line with all other Category B gaming machines. This is an action Government could take today, to protect the young and vulnerable, without primary legislation.

Watch just some of the highlights from the Stop the FOBTs campaign so far and find out how you can take action against FOBTs.



Anonymous, Ladbrokes Worker October 2013

As someone who has worked for Ladbrokes as a part-time cashier for nearly 8 years, I agree totally with your recommendations regarding Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, as shop staff see on a daily basis just how toxic these things are. However we rarely get asked for our views.

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