Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments: Gambling Commission and social responsibility
Posted on February 13, 2015
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls on the Gambling Commission to look again at reducing the maximum fixed odds betting terminal stake to £2 and calls on election candidates to make their views clear on FOBTs during the campaign
The Gambling Commission has published its latest update to the Licensing Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP), which are the regulatory parameters and guidance under which gambling providers can operate. The Commission now claims to be “raising the bar on social responsibility” and states that Britain’s gambling industry can do much more to make gambling safe.
The concept of social responsibility as applied by the Commission relates specifically to a licensing objective of the 2005 Gambling Act: the prevention of harm to young and vulnerable persons, rather than to the wider concept of social responsibility from an ethical perspective.
FOBTs – the pleasure and the pain
Posted on January 9, 2015
Founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling Derek Webb writes about the pleasure derived from FOBT machines versus the pain they can cause.
The recent Responsible Gambling Trust research, which the Government relied on for advice on FOBTs, asked two questions which were set by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB). These were:
Can we distinguish between harmful and non-harmful gambling machine play?
If we can, what measures might limit harmful play without impacting on those who do not exhibit harmful behavior?
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.
Questions for the Prime Minister to ask the bookmakers
Posted on April 8, 2014
As the Prime Minister promises action on fixed odds betting terminals, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling says he needs to ask bookmakers some tough questions.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling estimates of Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT) activity for 2013, covered extensively by the Guardian and other media outlets, showed that FOBT revenue is disproportionately generated from the most deprived areas. The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) retaliated by publishing an article on its website entitled: “Gambling industry issues warning about Campaign for Fairer Gambling data”, claiming to have shared its concern with sections of the Government, MPs and media.
ABB may have mislead government over impact of stake reduction
Posted on April 7, 2014
An independent report carried out by NERA Economic Consulting, published this week by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, has revealed that the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) – the betting industry trade body – could have misled the Government over the potential impact a stake reduction on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) would have on its shops.
The new report, The Stake of the Nation – Balancing the Bookies: A Review of the Association of British Bookmakers’ Impact Assessment, analyses information submitted by the ABB to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) during its 2013 Triennial Review of Gambling Machines stakes and prizes. The Government said at the time that the ABB’s submission gave a “clearer understanding” of the economic impact of a stake restriction on FOBTs.
The ABB submission claimed that 7,800 betting shops and 39,000 jobs would be “at-risk” if there was a reduction in FOBT maximum stake from £100 to £2 per spin – bringing them in line with all other high street gaming machines. The NERA report, however, has concluded that these figures were “overstated” and “flawed”. Instead it found that “the likely impact on the betting industry is therefore very substantially smaller than that suggested.”