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  • Government under fire for failing to back mandatory betting levy

    Sports minister defies call from UK regulator to raise funding for addiction treatment. The government has come under fire for its “outrageous” failure to back a mandatory levy on betting firms to increase funding for addiction treatment, in defiance of a call from the industry’s regulator. Labour’s deputy leader,...
  • New National Strategy to tackle problem gambling

    The Gambling Commission says under its three-year strategy they will cut gambling-related harm “much faster”. The national strategy focuses on prevention, education and treatment and support for problem gamblers. Ahead of the announcement, two UK betting giants said they would change how they advertise as part of their attempts to...
  • Ladbrokes wooed problem gambler – then paid victims £1m

    One of Britain’s biggest bookmakers agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to inform the industry regulator. Ladbrokes showered the gambling addict with thousands of pounds-worth of gifts over two...
  • Rank Group fined £0.5m for failing to stop gambling addict

    Online gambling operator Rank Group has been slapped with a £0.5m fine for failing to follow Gambling Commission rules on dealing with problem gamblers. An investigation by the commission found that the London-listed outfit had failed to interact with a gambler who was displaying problematic behaviour, contacted him during a self-exclusion...
  • Gambling Commission fines Sun Bets firm over ‘piegate’ incident

    The betting firm behind last year’s “pie-gate” controversy has been fined and told it risks losing its licence for its role in a publicity stunt that led to Sutton United’s goalkeeper eating a pie during a televised FA Cup tie with Arsenal. Tabcorp, which owns the Sun Bets brand,...
  • National lottery profits surge as good causes garner less – MPs report

    The government’s Gambling Commission should pressure Camelot to change the way it runs the national lottery to ensure more money goes to good causes amid rising profits for the company, a cross-party committee of MPs has said. The current lottery licence, which runs until 2023, is overly long and too inflexible,...
  • Sky Bet fined £1m for failing to protect vulnerable customers

    Online gambling firm Sky Bet has been fined £1m for allowing hundreds of potentially vulnerable people to keep betting after they asked to be barred from doing so, while sending promotional material to 50,000 more. Industry regulator the Gambling Commission said Sky Bet was guilty of failings in its self-exclusion...
  • Gambling Commission considers ban on credit card betting

    The Gambling Commission is considering banning people from using their credit cards to place bets. The regulator said on Monday gambling on credit cards “increases the risk that consumers will gamble more than they can afford” and it would “consider prohibiting or restricting the use of credit cards” in order to...
  • Gambling Commission recommendations may have significant impact on punters

    When the Gambling Commission published its long-awaited review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures last week, the final document ran to nearly 50,000 words. Yet the news reports and analysis that followed concentrated almost exclusively on a number, £30, which was taken by some at least to be the...
  • Cabinet reshuffle could threaten gambling curbs, say campaigners

    Anti-gambling campaigners have voiced fears that new culture secretary, Matt Hancock, will shy away from strict curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals, as it emerged the machines are taking more revenue than ever from British punters. Anti-FOBT campaigners warned that Hancock, who replaced Karen Bradley in this week’s cabinet reshuffle by Theresa May,...
  • Nasal spray aimed at tackling gambling addiction to be trialled in Finland

    Could gambling addiction be treated with a nasal spray? A group of Finnish researchers are launching a study to find out. The fast-working spray contains naloxone, which is commonly used as an emergency treatment for overdoses of opiates such as heroin, opium and morphine. It blocks the production of...
  • Five UK online casinos may lose licence over money-laundering fears

    Five online casino companies could lose their licence to operate, after industry regulator the Gambling Commission warned they were not doing enough to stop criminals using their websites to launder money. The commission has written to 17 online casino companies, flagging up the “serious nature” of its findings on their controls...
  • Gambling-style apps offered on Facebook without age checks

    The company behind thousands of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals(FOBTs) is offering gambling-style apps on Facebook without age checks, prompting allegations that children are being exposed to the risk of addiction. Earlier this month, the industry watchdog warned that more than 60,000 children were either gambling addicts or were in danger of...
  • 25,000 children in Britain are problem gamblers, report finds

    About 25,000 children aged between 11 and 16 are problem gamblers, with many learning to bet via computer games and social media, according to a report that has prompted warnings that Britain is “sleepwalking into a future public health storm”. In its annual survey of youth gambling (pdf), industry regulator the Gambling Commission...
  • Child gambling: remove ‘unacceptable’ online ads, regulators demand

    Regulators have launched a crackdown on child gambling by demanding online gambling sites remove “unacceptable” adverts featuring cartoon characters likely to appeal to children. The Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority are among the signatories to a letter sent to online gambling operators that orders them to remove games promoted...
  • Ladbrokes under investigation over gambler’s payday loans claim

    Ladbrokes is being investigated by the Gambling Commission over an allegation that staff watched a gambling addict take out payday loans to fund hundreds of pounds of bets on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The claim, which comes as the government considers whether to slash the £100 maximum stake on the machines, drew...
  • Labour plans to make betting firms pay levy to treat gambling addiction

    Deputy leader Tom Watson accuses companies of targeting poor communities and vulnerable people Labour will force gambling companies to pay a levy to fund research and NHS treatment to help problem gamblers deal with their addiction. Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said that if elected the party would “finally confront...
  • UK gambling industry now takes £14bn a year from punters – report

    The British gambling industry has ballooned in size over the past decade, thanks to the growth of online games and the liberalisation of gambling laws by Tony Blair’s government. The Gambling Act 2005, which came into force in 2007, opened the door to TV advertising for sports betting, online casinos and...
  • Reduce fixed-odds betting stake to £2

    As this newspaper has reported (Problem gambling ‘a risk to over 2m in UK’, 25 August), the Natcen report found evidence of an increase in addiction among those playing controversial fixed-odds betting terminals, which have been criticised for allowing betting shop customers to spend up to £100 every 20...
  • Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises to more than 400,000

    Gambling Commission report finds more than 2 million people are addicted to gambling or at risk of developing a problem. ‘The temptation is always there’: readers on the rise of problem gamblers in the UK More than 2 million people in the UK are either problem gamblers or at...
  • Sarah Harrison the punters’ champion at the Gambling Commission

    ‘We want people to enjoy gambling but we want them to do it safely, we want them to be treated fairly,’ says the chief executive. ‘Far more willing to show her teeth than her predecessors were” is the first thing a betting industry source says when asked to assess...
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