New aid for gambling addicts
Posted on June 24, 2014

A FREE counselling service to help out gamblers in Wigan will start this week.

The one-to-one sessions – offered by experts in conjunction with Wigan Council – are in response to concerns that the economic downturn is pushing people into gambling debt.

Wigan borough has more betting shops per head of population than anywhere else in Greater Manchester, recent figures suggest.

But council officials have vowed to help those in need.

Read the full article in Wigan Today online.


Town set to be gambling capital of the region
Posted on May 21, 2014

WIGAN is fast becoming the gambling capital of the North West – boasting more licensed betting shops than any other town in the region.

Figures show that there are currently 58 bookies in the borough, which is more per head of population than anywhere else in Greater Manchester.

The second highest was Stockport, which has a similar population size, but only had 43 betting sites.

It is also higher than the regional average of 50.

Read the full article in Wigan Today online.


Cap on FOBT stakes could benefit horse racing
Posted on April 15, 2014

Adrian Parkinson, a consultant for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling explains that a cap on fixed odds betting terminal betting could actually benefit the racing sector.

Horse racing would benefit from reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs

Last week, Paul Bittar, Chief Executive of the British Horse Racing Association (BHA), told the Racing Post that a cut in the size of Britain’s betting shop estate would be highly damaging for racing. It was noted however that Bittar “distanced” himself from the latest tax and regulation issues facing Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).


Nearly £1billion gambled on ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ machines in Sussex
Posted on April 3, 2014

Sussex gamblers are estimated to have wagered nearly £1 billion on virtual gaming machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ last year.

The controversial high-stake betting shop machines, on which punters can spend £100 every 20 seconds on games like virtual roulette, have been described as dangerously addictive and accounted for around half of all highstreet bookmakers’ profits last year.

Nearly £280 million was gambled on the machines in Brighton and Hove alone in 2013, according to figures from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. Of that, nearly £10 million was lost by punters and across the county a further £22 million was blown.

Read the full article in The Argus online.


Anonymous testimonial, February 2013

“I would like to suggest that FOBT terminals should be banned by the Government, or at least capped or controlled in a way they are not currently. However as the revenues (20%) of which I believe go to the taxman are so high, then I can understand why the Government has not done anything about these yet.

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