Gambling

Commission launches strategy to reduce ‘gambling harms’

26/04/2019

The commission dedicated to tackling the harmful impacts of gambling has launched a new three-year strategy designed to reduce ‘gambling harms’.

Number of child gamblers increases in past year

21/11/2018

Parents, businesses and regulators should work together to protect children and young people from the risks of gambling, according to the official watchdog.

Council chiefs blast Treasury decision to delay gambling reform

02/11/2018

Local government leaders have said the decision to delay a planned reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals is ‘extremely concerning.’

Don’t delay betting machine reform, councils warn

09/07/2018

Council chiefs have called on the Government to resist pressure from the betting industry to delay reform of the laws governing gambling machines.

Council chiefs warn Treasury against ‘blocking’ plans to fight gambling addiction

24/04/2018

Local authority leaders have warned the Treasury not to ‘block’ plans to reduce the maximum stakes offered by betting machines, arguing it will ‘hinder’ efforts to tackle problem gambling.

Council chiefs call for crack down on gambling machine stakes

19/03/2018

Local authority leaders welcome recommendations to reduce the maximum stakes of gambling machines but argue they should be lowered to just £2.

Councils welcome tougher standards on gambling advertising

15/02/2018

Town hall chiefs have welcomed tougher standards on gambling advertising aimed at reducing harm.

Think tank calls for 1% levy on gambling industry to help treat addictions

24/01/2018

Funding to help problem gamblers is three times less than funding to treat alcohol or drug abuse, a think tank has highlighted.

Councils welcome plans to reduce maximum stakes on gambling machines

31/10/2017

Councils leaders have called for the maximum stakes on gambling machines to be reduced to £2 to protect vulnerable people from harm.

Surge in gambling advertising putting young people at risk, warns councils

02/10/2017

Council leaders have called for greater restrictions on gambling advertising to protect young people from potential harm.

Bookmakers: a boost for the high street

22/09/2017

High streets risk losing another full rate paying high street retailer as betting shops come under pressure.

High stakes of fixed odds betting terminals must be reduced, MPs say

31/01/2017

Councils have welcomed recommendations that the maximum stakes of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are dramatically reduced and powers granted to councils to regulate the gambling machines.

Problem gambling costing the UK up to £1.2bn a year finds report

13/12/2016

Local and central government must do more to cope with problem gambling, think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research has demanded.

Betting review ‘significant step in right direction’, councils say

25/10/2016

Council leaders have welcomed a Government review of restrictions on gaming machines as 'a significant step in the right direction.'

Councils need powers to reject betting shop applications, LGA says

25/07/2016

Local authority leaders have demanded extra powers after new research showed a link between clusters of high street betting shops and problem gambling.

Councils call for limit on fixed odd betting machines

26/04/2016

Town hall chiefs are calling on the Government to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed odd betting machines, warning that gamblers can lose up to £18,000 an hour.

Councils back new regulations to reduce gambling harm

06/04/2016

Gambling operators will need to produce risk assessments to show how they are reducing harm in their local areas under new regulations that came into effect from today.

Council considers launching online lottery

25/02/2016

Amber Valley Council is considering setting up the UK’s first borough-wide lottery to help fund good causes in the borough.

Councils tackle gambling-related harm with ‘cutting edge’ research

15/02/2016

Two local authorities have become the first in the UK to map people at risk of gambling-related harm in their communities.

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