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Bookmakers Offer Blanket Self-exclusion Program to Glasgow Problem Gamblers
Posted on July 29, 2015

Gamblers in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, now have the option to bar themselves from up to 36 bookmaking shops in the city center with just one phone call.

Previously, gamblers were only able to exclude themselves from bookmakers on an individual, shop-by-shop basis.

The pilot scheme, which, if successful in Glasgow, will be rolled out across the UK, will provide a confidential helpline that offers information on how to find help for gambling problems, as well as the self-exclusion service.

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Why hasn’t the Gambling Commission cracked the bookmakers’ code?
Posted on June 4, 2015

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls on new DCMS Ministers to “get tough” on bookmakers and the Gambling Commission.

“Their original Code provided insufficient assurance that they were taking social responsibility, particularly in relation to FOBTs, seriously”. That was the view of the Gambling Commission and government Ministers in respect of the first set of measures proposed by the bookmakers as part of their “world leading” Code of Conduct.


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Gambling addict avoids jail after stealing nearly £700 from unemployed people
Posted on May 22, 2015

A JOB centre worker stole nearly £700 from accounts set up to help unemployed people to feed his gambling addiction.

Rajesh Masih, 42, a leader at his local church, built up debts betting on horses, dogs and roulette machines, Luton crown court heard today.

Prosecutor David Jenkins said Masih worked for the Department of Work and Pensions in Bedford, supporting job seekers trying to find work.

Read the full article in Bedfordshire News online.


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Endorsement from Councillor Kevin Peel (Labour), Manchester Central

"There are 52 betting shops in my constituency, central Manchester and more on the way. Bookmakers with their addictive high stake, hard core gaming machines are preying on the most vulnerable in society. It has to stop and that is why, with the help of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, I opposed the 53rd shop planned by William Hills in Manchester. The proliferation of FOBTs on our high streets must stop - Government must act and give power back to Councils and their communities. Please support stopthefobts.org"
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