As always, we have been hard at work writing on Politics Home Central Lobby to highlight the key issues currently being faced in the battle against FOBTs.
We discussed why we believe the 2005 Gambling Act is no longer fit for purpose following reports of online gambling firm 888 being handed a fine from the Gambling Commission for failing to uphold self-exclusion. The 2005 Gambling Act was from an analogue age, rather than the digital focussed age we now live in, and as a result is outdated.
In a month where the media focus on the fight against FOBTs seems to have intensified, we explained the changing dynamics of the FOBT and gambling media debate. Between the reports of Ladbrokes topping the British MP donation list, media appearances of the Campaign and reports on problem gambling there was much to discuss.
Discussions over the ASA upholding complaints about adverts by a remote gambling affiliate led us to consider the social responsibilities of affiliate marketing and how it is in breach of the 2005 Gambling Act. This was also debated in the House of Lords, raising many interesting questions on underage gambling, advertising and affiliates.
As the Gambling Commission finally began to speak out on the need for safer gambling products, we discussed the need for official research to identify which activities are the most dangerous. We also reflect and assess the recent developments around gambling, betting shops and FOBTs, including the stand of Tom Watson at the Labour Party Conference.
You can find a full round-up of all the stories we have penned for Politics Home Central Lobby by clicking here.