New guidelines protect pubs and curb betting shops and takeways
Posted on May 22, 2015

Planning guidance to protect community pubs, restrict the number of new fast food takeaways near schools and control the spread of betting shops has been approved.

The ‘Town Centre Uses Supplementary Planning Document’ builds on policies in Wandsworth’s Local Plan. It  helps guide planners on how pubs can be protected and whether takeaways or betting shops should be allowed to open.

Read the full article in The Wandsworth Government online.


Betting terminal answers
Posted on May 22, 2015

THE new UK government is being asked by a Greenock-based MSP to clarify its position on fixed odds betting terminals.

Stuart McMillan MSP has campaigned against the terminals which, he believes, have ruined lives by encouraging people to gamble too much money.

He said: “The new Conservative Culture, Media & Sport Secretary, John Whittingdale MP, had previously called for the machines to be rolled out in bingo halls and motorway service stations.

Read the full article in The Greenock Telegraph online.


Why I think William Hill don’t support responsible gambling
Posted on May 19, 2015

The gambling industry, who turn over billions of pounds a year in revenue, are coming under increasing pressure.

Campaign groups across the country know about the effects of gambling addiction – a real illness as backed up by American research in 2014.

Over 1 million people are at risk of becoming gambling addicts and in 2010 (British Gambling Prevalence Survey) around 500,000 people thought they might have a problem. I suspect many more suffer through gambling, but do not know they have a problem.

Read the full article from Adam Bradford online.


David Cameron’s new cabinet clashes over high-stakes gaming machine laws
Posted on May 18, 2015

New Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has defended the controversial betting terminals, only for gambling minister Tracey Crouch to hit out at them.

David Cameron’s new ministers are at odds over addictive high-stakes ­gaming machines.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has ­spoken up for controversial fixed-odds betting terminals while gambling minister Tracey Crouch, also ­appointed last week, has hit out at them.

Read the full The Mirror online.


There is more to my story – Part One – Exposing the Bad Guys
Posted on May 15, 2015

Derek Webb founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Stop the FOBTs shares his personal story and gambling insights

On New Year’s Eve in 1998 I was at home in Britain when I got a telephone call from a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, who asked: “How does it feel to be sued by a public corporation?” As I was not aware of the suit I could not make any comment. The journalist was looking for any quote to take out of context and add colour to a corporate PR puff story originated by Progressive Gaming International Corp (PGIC).

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