Campaigns

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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  • Lee McCarthy Permalink

    Gambling has ruined my life and has made me hurt all the people around me that I love. My biggest issue is how do these online sites allow vulnerable people to deposit money via a credit card. It's a credit card which means you don't have the money and you're asking for credit to be given to you and it's money you don't actually have to lose yet these sites didn't batter an eye lid. Why do we allow people to wreck so many lives when other countries have banned online gambling and we actually heavily promote it? Something has to be done and people compensated back.

    about 8 months ago
  • catherine davidson Permalink

    I think all online gambling should be banned like it is in other countries...it prays on the vulnerable and attracts those who can least afford it...hoping for that one big win that could change their life....most of these people wouldnt go into a casino or betting shop...its an online addiction ruining lives

    about 8 months ago
  • Lapita Permalink

    The good thing about gambling it doesn't discriminate. It will take anyone's money if you indulge. Stay away for a better peace of mind.

    about 8 months ago
  • Toby Hunt Permalink

    Lets all get our heads together, get together as many problem gamblers as possible, show them there is a force out there behind them and get our voices heard!! check out my blog on gambling below
    https://gamblinggreed.wordpress.com/

    about 6 months ago
  • Lisa Permalink

    Online gambling should never have been allowed. I have wasted thousands of pounds on multiple casino sites. I am now in a debt management programme and have paid almost have of my credit cards and pay day loan debts back. I have permanently self excluded from all of them. I would never spend this amount of money in a bookmakers but easily spent over a 1000 pound in one night on an online casino site. They should all be banned they are ruining many families and leading to suicide attempts which I contemplated many times.

    about 3 months ago
  • Neil Permalink

    I am sick to the back teeth of seeing advert after advert after advert for online casinos and "spend £10 to get £30 to bet with" at nearly every ad break. Although I have never put a bet on or gambled, it just seems to be every other ad is for online gambling. Ban it, and ban it NOW!!!!

    about 3 months ago
  • Ali Permalink

    Gambling destroy many live in uk!!!

    about 2 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 weeks 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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