Saturday, 26 April 2014

Poll reveals public support for FOBT restrictions

A new YouGov poll commissioned by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling revealed the growing public discord towards FOBTs earlier this month, as it was revealed that 70% of Brits back calls for restrictions on the addictive roulette terminals.

The Daily Mail soon picked up the story – which also discovered that nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) said the £100 maximum stake that can be bet on each spin should be restricted – with 60 per cent of those polled saying it should be slashed to only £2. Only 6 per cent said the current level at which customers can bet was ‘about right’.

You can find out more about the YouGov polling on our website, including a copy of the results and our accompanying press release.

Local authorities join forces to curb spread of betting shops

Over 60 councils have joined forces to demand the Government changes the planning law to stop the spread of betting shops. At present, betting shops are classed as A2 financial services, which means they are in the same planning category as banks and estate agents.

If successful, the Local Works campaign to put betting shops back in their own planning use class would enable councils to refuse new planning applications from bookmakers. Local Works, which amassed the support of the 63 local authorities from across the country, said that the clustering of betting shops – particularly in poorer areas – has become a significant problem for many communities in recent years.

The initiative was supported by many high profile councils, including Brighton & Hove, South Tyneside, Nottingham City and Northumberland County.