Gambling Watch UK is a new organisation and an early task is to decide on a small number of campaigns to focus our efforts on. Below are listed a few possibilities. If you would like to comment on any of these ideas or would like to pledge your support for Gambling Watch UK, please get in touch via the contact page.

1. Campaign for official and public recognition that gambling creates problems that are properly seen as public health problems and that consequently the Department of Health should be one of the lead government departments concerned with gambling.

2. Support the campaign for local governments to have the power to limit the number of gambling venues in their areas. Gambling Watch UK supports the High Streets First Campaign - see UK News.

3. Challenge a number of current gambling advertisements on the grounds that they contravene principles of consumer protection or the requirement to protect children and young people, and more generally to call into question the role of advertising in promoting gambling, particularly at hours and on media seen by children.

4. Campaign for the removal of Fixed Odds Betting Machines (B2 machines) from high street betting shops.

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  • Ali Permalink

    Gambling destroy many live in uk!!!

    about 5 months ago
  • Ann Permalink

    I so wish I could have given up slot machines before I spent my life savings and before my family found out about my dirty secret. I have never gambled and cannot believe I have become addicted to it. I have had to sell my house to pay my bank loans, credit cards and overdraft and I'm now living a debt free life. I've had to give my money to other people so I can't access it and have it drip fed back to me. I have self excluded from all casinos and local arcades. Then whenever I go on my iPad up pop all my favourite slots. Luckily I have never done online gambling but it doesn't help when they pop up all the time and hopefully if enough of us ask they will be banned.

    about 4 months ago
  • When is the government going to stand up and realise the harm gambling is doing to people it's causing mental health issues that are spiraling out of control they take and give nothing back they lie to get your money it's not acceptable time the British government listen to its people

    about 4 months ago
  • After looking for help online for a family member who had a gambling problem, I was inundated with gambling ads, which had never appeared before. Gambling ads as bad as cigarette ads in my opinion. You have my support here.

    about 3 months ago
  • Alexis Permalink

    I am disgusted with the amount of gambling adverts on tv, they are relentless and pray on the vulnerable. My child is growing up seeing this on tv and I feel it is time to stop all this advertising, if the government feel this is acceptable bring back smoking adverts and drinking adverts during the day and do a proper job of messing up our children's lives. Gambling is a mugs game, no matter how much they try to ram it down my throat I won't gamble, I'd rather burn the money then give it to them.

    about 2 months ago
  • Ian Permalink

    Someone very close to me has just become a victim of these Sharks.

    A unassuming, kind and gentle person they circled waiting for her to be at her lowest and attacked.

    Their in your face advertising and temptation should be banned and the sites closed down. There is no social or national advantage to these companies they serve only to line the pockets of the already rich and can cause misery to those caught in its grasp.

    If anyone knows of any groups or organisations that are battling these monsters please let me know

    about 1 month ago
  • Giuseppe torzillo Permalink

    Any class of person can get involved in gambling.Maybe hypnosis or cognitive therapy is the answer,but I have gambled on online casinos,in the bookies.The fixed odds betting terminals are destroying peoples lives..I have seen it and though its not destroyed my life,its always lurking in the background.What im trying to say is that once a gambler,then the tendency is to want to get that thrill,and one day a person could have a mad moment,and blow thousands and thousands of pounds.Who would be interested in meeting up for a discussion on ideas to curtail peoples gambling problems?

    about 1 month ago
  • Dickie Permalink

    My exwife gambled £20k in 9 months.

    about 3 weeks ago
  • Lou Permalink

    I strongly believe that all online gambling sites should be closed and advertising should be banned. It is so easy to get hooked and you don't see the money leave your hand when you gamble online. You just pop in your card details and bam, deposit , deposit, deposit. The next thing you know your money is gone and you feel distraught.

    There is no protection for vulnerable people, seriously something needs to be done to close these sites and stop this happening.

    about 2 weeks ago
  • Ann Stephen Permalink

    It disgusts me that gambling ads are allowed on tv and online, so many lives have been and will be destroyed if something isn't done to stop vulnerable people being sucked into this horrible addiction. All it takes for bad , greedy people to succeed is for good people to sit back and do nothing! They banned smoking ads, why is gambling so seemingly acceptable in our society.

    about 1 week ago

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Opportunities for gambling in Britain have increased very considerably in the last 20 years and were given further encouragement with the passing of the 2005 Gambling Act. The latest British Gambling Prevalence Survey, carried out in 2009/10, found that between one third and one half a million British adults experienced a gambling problem in the previous 12 months.
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