UK Measures Protect Gamblers from Addiction
Posted on January 30, 2015

The UK seeks to protect problem gamblers from themselves. Ladbrokes, Gala Coral and Paddy Power among others have taken measures in the UK gaming-crazed market to protect consumers from addiction issues.

Under the pressure of tax increases and increasing political scrutiny in light of new regulations, the betting companies have funded a new watchdog group to monitor compliance and further plan to cover their 8000 plus shopfronts with public service messages promoting responsible betting as part of an industry-wise campaign called “gamble aware week.”

Read the full article in Online Casino Reports.


Campaign cautions against claims that £2 cap is “ineffective”
Posted on December 2, 2014

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has criticised claims by Featurespace, the behavioural analytics company which conducted FOBT research on behalf of the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT).

Featuresapace’s founder, David Excell, has stated that the £2 cap on FOBTs has been seen as the “silver bullet” to alleviate FOBT problem gambling, but that his research has shown the cap to be an “ineffective” solution.

Responding to this claim, a Campaign spokesperson said: “The RGT research, published today, includes the claim that a reduction of stake size will not decrease rates of gambling harm. There is of course no empirical evidence to support this conclusion as there has been no effort to impose a stake reduction and monitor the results, a limitation which the authors fail to identify.


Manchester City Council call for roulette restrictions to limit ‘crack coke of gambling’
Posted on November 14, 2014

Manchester City Council has thrown its weight behind a campaign to put restrictions on addictive roulette machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.

The proposal to restrict fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – which can take bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds – have been brought forward by Newham Council and are now being backed by a number of local authorities across the country.

Read the full article from Mancunian Matters online.


MP: we need to take tougher action over ‘crack-cocaine’ casino gaming machines
Posted on June 30, 2014

Fixed odds betting terminals have cost gamblers in North Ayrshire £4m over the last 12 months.

Labour MP Brian Donohoe is stepping up his efforts to tackle the problem of gambling in North Ayrshire – after finding out that Glasgow gamblers bet £200 million a year on gaming machines.

Mr Donohoe joins SNP’s Kenneth Gibson who told the Herald last month the maximum stake on FOBTs – fixed odds betting terminals – should be slashed after we revealed gamblers in North Ayrshire bet a staggering £4 million on the machines in the last year.

Read the full article in the Daily Record online.

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