The children’s commissioner is demanding a crackdown on online games that simulate betting amid fears that they will hook the next generation of problem gamblers.
Anne Longfield says the games, widely available on smartphones and tablets, encourage the “worst kinds of addictive behaviour” by introducing young people to the excitement and rewards of gambling even when they are not playing with real money.
Read the full story in The Times.
Glasgow is the UK city worst-affected by high-stakes slot machines, a new report has revealed.
Addiction to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) costs the UK about £1.5billion in punters’ health issues, financial difficulties, relationship problems and crime, according to the study.
Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.
People in Glasgow are being urged to make their concerns about betting machines labelled the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ known to the Government.
A Glasgow MP in part of the city where there are several betting shops in close proximity to one another is gathering signatures for a petition to call for tougher controls on the machines.
Read the full story in the Glasgow Evening Times.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about a Gambling Commission list of betting operators whose licences are at risk and argues that betting shops are no longer the safest place to gamble.