Channel 4 Dispatches puts the spotlight on FOBT machines and betting shops

The harm being done by the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and the clustering of betting shops in poorer areas came across clearly in last night’s Channel 4 programme. Among other things it cited the estimate, based on analysis of 2010 British Gambling Prevalence Survey data, that around £300 million is being taken annually from people with gambling problems in the form of losses incurred in playing FOBTs. What also came across was the complacency being shown about this by the Government and the Responsible Gambling Trust.

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Anyone who missed the C4 Dispatches programme entitled "Britains High Street Gamble" can watch the programme online at


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