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.

Read the full story at Casino online


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.


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.


Anonymous testimonial 3, February 2013

“Firstly, thank you for starting this campaign. I am with it 100% and offer my services in any shape or form that can assist. I lived in NZ for a number of years, and have always gambled but never thought I had an addiction. 2 years ago I returned and started playing these machines. It is a similar story as you will hear all the time. It starts with small bets, and eventually 100 pound spins losing thousands. I won't go into it too much, but these machines are terrible and I know and have seen many more people like me that can't walk past a bookies without donating money to the bookies relief appeal. I am now in remission and have counselling. These things very nearly killed me, and I’ve lost most of my family. I am sick to death of bookmakers opening new shops and advertising constantly. This country is turning into 1 big casino. I am happy to provide further info if required. Thank you for taking the time to do this.”

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