What shall we say to the Government enquiry on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals?

Written by Professor Jim Orford on .

Good news! Well maybe, let’s wait and see what the actual outcome is. But we do welcome the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) putting out a general call for evidence about the FOBTS – the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in betting shops which have attracted numerous critical comments on the Gambling Watch UK website and elsewhere – and about gambling advertising. Officially DCMS is reviewing the sizes of stakes and prizes for all gambling machines (or ‘gaming machines’ as they prefer to call them), the allocation of machines in all licensed premises, and harm minimisation social responsibility measures as a whole. But we all know the focus will be on the FOBTs and advertising, especially advertising on TV before the 9 pm ‘watershed’.

We already have loads of your comments to draw on regarding both issues. But this is an important opportunity to make your views known and potentially to change policy. I shall be giving written evidence to DCMS myself. What would you like me to say? You can tell me simply by writing a comment in response to this posting. Or of course you can give evidence directly to DCMS, either by email to or in writing to:

Call for Evidence on Gaming Machines, Gambling, Licensing and Lotteries Team, DCMS, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.

The call for evidence was announced on 24th October and will run for six weeks only, closing on 4th December. After that the Government will consider proposals. This is likely to be the best opportunity in this parliament, and perhaps for much longer still, to get a change in policy.

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Comments (2)

  • Nick Gomersall Permalink

    The access to gambling in the UK for people of 18 and over has never been so great and gambling is becoming a disease that is ruining young lives.

    We need to stop

    1. Online casinos on mobile phones
    2. Advertising of any kind on TV and radio
    3. Removal of these addictive fixed odds machines that are found in bookmakers

    There has never been so many gambling companies because they are preying on the misery of people that can lose their life savings plus go into debt in a 1 hour session on a mobile app.

    People making money from this are immoral and this has to be stopped.

    about 2 years ago
  • Make the goverment understand betting is a business they dont see the harm they just make the harm prey on people by offering great prizes which are lies people who have very little and see that as a way of bettering them selves which we all know because we've gambled in the past is a lie but before you realise it your hooked and every penny then lines the pocket of the betting companies there like cigarettes once you've had one you can't stop a nasty habit that'll kill you it won't give you cancer but it'll still kill may be they need to be taken to court for all the hurt they have caused so many people

    about 2 years ago

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