FOBTs in the News: 25th April – 1st May
Posted on May 1, 2015
This week, consultants from the Campaign teamed up with Shipley Labour Party as part of a campaign to oust a pro FOBT candidate from his Parliamentary seat. Philip Davies has often associated himself with the betting industry, openly endorsing controversial FOBT machines. Davies has been called a “lone voice in Parliament” in his defence of the machines that have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”.
FOBTs in the news: 11-17th April
Posted on April 17, 2015
As the General Election approaches, every political party attempts to win the hearts and votes of the public by unveiling their party manifestos. The Campaign has eagerly awaited proposals to reduce FOBT maximum stakes from £100 to £2, with mixed results so far.
Labour’s manifesto certainly acknowledges the importance of limiting FOBT machines in its manifesto, however the Campaign was left unsure about what exactly the Labour Party is planning to do about the situation. The manifesto states the requirement of “particular types of shops” to apply for planning permission. However, it does not specifically name betting shops. As the party culpable for allowing FOBTs onto our high streets a decade ago, the Campaign is adamant they should be part of the solution.
FOBTs in the news: 3rd – 10th April
Posted on April 10, 2015
It’s been another busy week in the news for the Campaign as further regional statistics have been revealed. The Burton Mail reported that more than £78 million is being gambled on betting machines in Burton and South Derbyshire each year, with an annual loss of almost £3 million.
Meanwhile, The Oxford Times shared news that local gamblers pumped £164,000 into FOBTs every day, losing £12 million.
FOBTs in the News: 7th – 13th March
Posted on March 13, 2015
This week was hugely significant for the Campaign as it released the latest FOBT figures. Shockingly, almost £8 billion of cash was inserted into 34,000 FOBTs across the UK in 2014 and £1.5 billion was lost.
Gambling Insider covered the figures launch in an article published today. The Mayor of Newham and the LGA’s Head of Licensing Councillor Tony Page have written a joint letter to party leaders urging them to promise to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £2 as part of their party manifestos.
On Thursday a full page advertisement was placed in the London Evening Standard which featured an open letter to ‘the people of London,’ calling upon the Government to ‘stop pretending it doesn’t know about FOBTs’ and the ‘growing problem’ that they cause. The letter was signed by several Chinese associations, religious groups, community centres and museums in Soho and Chinatown.
FOBTs in the News: 28th February – 6th March 2015
Posted on March 6, 2015
The Campaign was given a boost this week, as Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy MP announced his support for the Stop The FOBTs campaign. In his statement Murphy said that it is “completely unacceptable that people can lose an entire week’s wages in a few minutes with these machines.” This was further reported by the Daily Record online and iGaming Business.
Meanwhile, the current Scottish Government has been accused of failing to protect people – as further shops open despite Ministers’ pledges to crackdown on FOBTs. The importance of preventing harm and FOBT addiction was emphasised in the news piece that stated how a Montrose gambler stole £240 from his employer’s cashbox to fuel his addiction to the roulette wheel. This is further emphasised by the emerging figures that Britons are blowing £1.7 billion a year on fixed-odds betting machines.