As always, we have been working away writing for Politics Home Central Lobby this month to highlight the key issues in the battle again FOBTs.
At the beginning of the month, the Campaign penned an article on a FOBT supplier being behind gambling apps on Facebook. This was after a news story about gambling type apps appearing on social media, which raised concerned that children are being exposed to a ‘risk of addiction’.
We then wrote about a Gambling Commission list of betting operators whose licences are at risk and voiced why betting shops are no longer the safest place to gamble. As the Gambling Commission has identified 17 operators with significant failings, with five of these being advised that their licence is at-risk, it was interesting that business journalists had not commented on the stories, and stocks remained at the time unaffected.
Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling penned a response to an article by Malcolm George, CEO of the Association of British Bookmakers which appeared in PR Week UK.
With a stake reduction already announced as policy, and a £2 option being placed on the table, we spoke about the likely next steps on FOBT stake levels as the 12-week consultation period ordered by Government in October drew to a close.
Lastly, we asked this week whether it is right that the sport of kings relies on subsidies from the crack cocaine of gambling, addressing concerns that a reduction in gambling on FOBTs would leave horseracing short-changed.
You can find a full round-up of all the stories we have penned for Politics Home Central Lobby by clicking here.