Posted on January 5, 2017
FOBTs – A year in review
It’s been another busy year for the Campaign and with the recent announcement of the DCMS review of FOBTs this winter, the battle against FOBTs is now at fever pitch.
Over the past 12 months, FOBTs have been making headlines, ruining lives and the topic of many heated debates amongst UK MPs.
Posted on November 18, 2016
UK government calls for evidence on gaming machines
The DCMS has now confirmed rumours of a long-awaited “Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures” with the announcement of a call for evidence. Tracey Crouch made a written statement to the House detailing that the DCMS had published a terms of reference and call for evidence.
Posted on October 5, 2016
Theresa May orders review of high-stakes machines dubbed ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’
Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review of high-stakes FOBTs after her predecessor David Cameron blocked a similar review last year.
The move comes amid mounting alarm at the social harm the machines cause and follows a string of high profile, horrific and tragic tales linked to the highly addictive machines.
The link between FOBTs, problem gambling, crime, antisocial behaviour, violence and money laundering will all come under the spotlight in the review.
Posted on September 9, 2016
Bookies caught in sting by undercover teenage cop cadet who played on betting machines
Two high street betting shops have been caught out by an undercover 15-year-old police cadet and are now facing tough new rules if they are to continue trading.
The news broke in the Mirror where it was reported that both Betfred in Brentford and Jenningsbet in Hounslow let the youngster play the addictive Fixed Odds Betting Terminals which have been responsible for billions of pounds of gambling debt across the nation.
Posted on August 5, 2016
‘Crack cocaine’ gambling machines mean Britain’s betting shops ‘now world’s most violent’
MPs have warned that FOBTs are making UK betting shops the most violent and dangerous gambling venues in the world. The story broke in the Mirror and the topic was also highlighted in the Guardian earlier this month. The Guardian piece chronicled the stories of ex-bookmaker, Harry Vale and the horrors he experienced during the course of his career.