Since I started working on this campaign, one of the things I’ve noticed more than anything is the disconnect between the Government and the governed. As people can see their high streets being taken over by betting shops and witness first-hand the impact of the toxic economy of high risk credit developing in their public spaces, the Government refuse to act to reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals FOBTs.

The Triennial Review of gambling machine stakes and prizes was an opportunity to not only impose sensible restrictions on an addictive gambling product, but – because betting shop clusters are FOBT-driven – to also address one of the issues that Mary Portas described as a “blight on the high street”. However, the Government looks set to pass up that opportunity when it responds to the consultation in the summer – despite the Irish Government legislating to ban FOBTs.

So the campaign has been lining up a number of new initiatives as we look to respond to growing concerns at grassroots and Local Authority level about the proliferation of betting shops in some of our poorest areas.
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Stop the FOBTs across the country…

It’s great to see so many spontaneous, grassroots campaigns springing up across the country. It’s also great to see so many gambling addicts and reformed problem gamblers coming forward to tell their stories, like I have done. Read more

Campaign in the news

The Campaign’s report into the economic impact of FOBTs was featured in the Islington Gazzette, as the Landman Report found that nearly 400 jobs could be lost in the borough over the next decade if FOBTs are not restricted.

The campaign also responded to claims by the Association of British Bookmakers in last weeks’ Guardian… Read more

This week's blogs

Derek has written about the Government’s decision to delay the response to the Triennial Review, and Gamcare’s mixed messages when it comes to problem gambling. A few more blogs will be up on the site this week and next, so follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with the Campaign.

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Matt Zarb-Cousin

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