The Destructive Consequences Of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals
Posted on August 11, 2015

Leading Christian charity CARE has applauded a new Gambling Bill that seeks to significantly reduce the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals. Concerns have grown as it has become increasingly apparent that they account for the most addictive form of gambling with disturbing socially destructive consequences. To find out more Heather Bellamy spoke with Dan Boucher, the Director of Parliamentary Affairs for CARE.

Read the full article in Cross Rhythms online.


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.


Reform concerns over new minister
Posted on May 19, 2015

A GAMBLING campaigner from Wigan lobbying for reforms has reacted with dismay at the appointment of the new culture secretary.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed John Whittingdale in the cabinet role last week, replacing Sajid Javid.

But representatives from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling are concerned about Mr Whittingdale’s history of supporting the use of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and the relaxation of gambling laws.

Dubbed the crack-cocaine of gambling, the quick-play roulette machines can take up to £100 from gamblers every 20 seconds.

Read the full article in Wigan Today 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.

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