Gambling Watch UK Manifesto 2014-15 (First draft 08/04/2014)

This is a first draft so all comments are welcome. The aim is to use it later on to question the political parties about their gambling policies in the run up to the 2015 general election. What do you think should be in the shopping list of proposals?

  1. In Government, gambling should be seen as a cross-department issue, with the Department of Health, Home Office, and Department for Culture Media and Sport having regular and ongoing inputs. The Minister with chief responsibility for gambling should be a Department of Health Minister, reflecting an important shift towards seeing gambling first and foremost as a public health matter.
  2. Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), which offer high-stake gambling on virtual casino-type games, should not be permitted in venues outside casinos. This would deal with what has become the most dangerous form of highly accessible gambling and would reverse the process whereby high street betting shops are becoming town centre ‘mini-casinos’.
  3. Any proposed new form of gambling, mode or type of venue, should be subject to a full social, health and economic impact assessment. This would be designed to avoid the kind of mistake that was made when, some years ago, FOBTs were permitted in British betting shops.
  4. A minimum age of 18 years should apply to all electronic gambling machines (excluding coin-push and prize-grab games) whatever their stake and prize sizes. This would remove the anomaly whereby children and young people in Britain, unlike in other jurisdictions, are permitted to play on category D machines. The present position is inconsistent with a major purpose of the Gambling Act 2005, to protect children from harm from gambling.
  5. Television advertising of any form of gambling should not be permitted before 9 p.m. This would also bring regulations more into line with the principle of protecting children from harm.
  6. A national programme of treatment for problem gambling should be put in place ensuring that health services in all areas include facilities for the treatment of those with gambling problems and for their families.
  7. The regular, three-yearly, British Gambling Prevalence Survey should be reintroduced, but with a better balance between questions about gamblers and questions about the products they gamble on.
  8. The present system of financing gambling treatment, prevention and research through an annual voluntary levy of approximately £5-£6 million administered by the industry-led Responsible Gambling Trust, does not command respect and should be reformed. It should be replaced by a mandatory levy, including a proportionate contribution from National Lottery takings, substantially increased in size (to at least £25 million annually), and administered by a body that is completely independent of the industry.
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It's the promise of free bets/stakes that are the problem,not the actual advertisement of the service,on-line based companies see it as the only way to compete with the high street bookies.

George David
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I think all gambling advertising should be banned, not just after a 9pm watershed. If it's harmful it's harmful - end of story.

Jeremy Rowe
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Thanks Jim, for putting together a document around which we can discuss policy as we approach the election. I totally support the recasting of gambling as a public health issue, and I think that each of the other important points you raise flow...

Thanks Jim, for putting together a document around which we can discuss policy as we approach the election. I totally support the recasting of gambling as a public health issue, and I think that each of the other important points you raise flow from that central insight. I'm less convinced that self exclusion, or other measures that focus on individual consumption, are as effective as measures that impact the supply and promotion of gambling.

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Rebecca Cassidy
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Self Exclusion is useless online. It doesn't stop gambling addicts from setting up a new account. How can this be monitored better by online sites?

Also despite my husband self excluding from a number of sites, but doing the above, he still gets...

Self Exclusion is useless online. It doesn't stop gambling addicts from setting up a new account. How can this be monitored better by online sites?

Also despite my husband self excluding from a number of sites, but doing the above, he still gets hundreds of junk emails from these sites.

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Steph
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Self Exclusion is the big item missing. Proper centralised self exclusion for remote and vastly improved in retail premises.

Policy should be about helping - both the minority of problem gamblers and recreational punters. Policy should focus on...

Self Exclusion is the big item missing. Proper centralised self exclusion for remote and vastly improved in retail premises.

Policy should be about helping - both the minority of problem gamblers and recreational punters. Policy should focus on the consumer and that means empowering them rather than blanket bans. NICE guidelines are needed and treatment options in every NHS trust, not one national centre.

Policy should also not be dominated by FOBT hype and moral panic - which is in large part about casino interests using regulatory capture to restore what they see as their monopoly on some games.

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