Gambling Watch UK is a new organisation and an early task is to decide on a small number of campaigns to focus our efforts on. Below are listed a few possibilities. If you would like to comment on any of these ideas or would like to pledge your support for Gambling Watch UK, please get in touch via the contact page.

1. Campaign for official and public recognition that gambling creates problems that are properly seen as public health problems and that consequently the Department of Health should be one of the lead government departments concerned with gambling.

2. Support the campaign for local governments to have the power to limit the number of gambling venues in their areas. Gambling Watch UK supports the High Streets First Campaign - see UK News.

3. Challenge a number of current gambling advertisements on the grounds that they contravene principles of consumer protection or the requirement to protect children and young people, and more generally to call into question the role of advertising in promoting gambling, particularly at hours and on media seen by children.

4. Campaign for the removal of Fixed Odds Betting Machines (B2 machines) from high street betting shops.

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  • Degsy Permalink

    The uk government is advocating legalised corruption of the addicted just to line their pockets. All the t’s and C’s on these sites are against players and they pull you back with bonus offers that are laced with rules and you end up depositing thousands (believe me) this is becoming an epidemic in this country to lace the pockets of these corporations that keep their profits in tax havens. I am an addict and help is not out there. How can their not be limits on deposits, why can’t these sharks be made to stand up and act morally. It’s no good telling a gambler “well we gave you an option to set limits” it’s like giving an alcoholic a key to a brewery. This is killing people and ruining lives and they think “when the fun stops stop” can stop an addiction. I don’t know when I will next fall off the wagon (last time was bad) but I know that their is no help for when I do. Where is this national self exclusion they keep talking about? Just writing this and finding this site has helped as maybe I need to turn my urge to gamble into an urge to campaign against it. My fear is it’s a losing battle as money conquers all. I am lucky that I only lose what I have got but believe me I could have been a very rich man if it wasn’t for this sickness. Unfortunately most don’t see it as a sickness as most say it’s our fault. Gamblers are not given pity as alcoholics drug addicts and the like do. But as we all know it can be just as damaging sometimes even more because there is no real help

    about 3 months ago
  • Lea Permalink

    My partner and one of my best friends are both addicted to online gambling. At least with my friend I positively know she'd never go to any physical shop, it's the ready available online gambling that got her. She tried to block herself but they allowed her to cancel it within 12hours although it was meant to be a moth process. I frankly don't understand how this exploitative industry can be legal when the tobacco& alcohol industry are being increasingly stumped upon, and stuff like Marijuana being illegal. I'd be very surprised if these multi million betting companies paid proper taxes too. It just begs belief! We need to make pressure on the government and give it a bit more priority, it's being completely overlooked!

    about 2 months ago
  • chris holden Permalink

    i am totally addicted to online gambling..i know how senseless it is but i cant stop..i am a lower end earner and gamble online to get that big win to get out of debt when all i am doing is getting deeper and deeper.. when you gamble online its like its not real money coz you dont hold it or touch it, and you look at your bank statement and go wow am skint! i have had gamblock on my computer at some points and first started online gambling 15 years ago........fact is it needs to be gone! ive self excluded from so many sites and then reopened.. i wouldnt dream of gambling offline.. its a massive problem that will escalate and i feel the government needs to step in and ban it

    about 2 months ago
  • Mat In reply to: # 586 Permalink

    I am the same. I can gamble in real life and control it with normal thought process and play for fun, online I have gambled away over 15000 in a month. I take home around that amount each year. I think they should all be banned and not advertised every day!

    about 1 month ago
  • Crix Permalink

    Self Excusion A seems to be merely a form filling exercise. I self excluded myself from all the major chains operating locally. Apart from the locations that I signed the original forms I have not been excluded from any shops. This needs fixing.

    about 2 months ago
  • Steve Jones Permalink

    I don't gamble, not a penny, never have and never will. I am however a cricket fan and I am driven to register my concern and indeed my hatred of gambling apps adverts on sports tv platforms. At the end of virtually every over there is at least one such advert, that's potentially 100 of these pointless ads per 50 overs game. My response to this attack on my otherwise pleasurable hobby is to cancel my tv subscriptions to Sky sports and BT sports and to let them know the reason for my actions. Damned if I'm going to pay to watch this dangerous rubbish and, just think of the money I'll save. I encourage others to do the same. Perhaps if enough of us do, the loss of income to Sky and BT will cause them to reconsider their advertising policies in favour of common sense. Until they do, as far as I'm concerned they can quiff their acca's and quiff-off.

    about 2 months ago
  • Lisa Permalink

    I’m 37yrs old been in the Army for 20 years and was doing really well. Had my own house and living well. Now I find myself lost and don’t know what I can do.
    I started gambling after I left my partner, we were together for15 yrs. I found myself being bored and to keep my mind away from things I started gambling. This wasn’t for money at the time, I just wanted to keep entertained. Obv I lost money playing on games so it changed and I then wanted to play for money to win it back. I took a loan out to win it back, I won a little so decided I’d risk it and try and win big... this never happened. So I took another loan, won then lost again, then another then another.
    I’m now about to sell my house to pay of my Debts. I can’t tell my family and friends what I’ve done, right now I’m praying the house sale goes through soon, otherwise I’m in a bad way.
    I hate seeing foxy adverts on Jeremy Kyle... especially when the person being questioned has had a gambling problem.
    I really want to help people with this addiction when I am in a good place.

    about 1 month ago
  • John Permalink

    Just watched an 8 hour gambling ad interspersed with short bursts of cricket. If this government card about anyone but themselves they would act. They won't of course.

    about 1 month ago
  • Bazz Permalink

    Gamblind advertising should be banned from TV advertising , they banned cigarette ads and alcohol adds, gambling is in the same category as drinking as far as I'm concerned it ruins family's and people's life's.

    about 2 weeks ago
  • Nikki Permalink

    I am horrified by the relentless way my son is targeted by gambling sites and loan companies.
    I am about to pay for him to go to rehab but am terrified that I've lost my son.
    His latest devastating gambling episode led to him stealing thousands from my bank account.
    Online gambling sites have turned him into an isolated friendless alcoholic criminal.
    His phones rings and beeps constantly with offers for money or free gambles.
    I fear I have lost my son for good and I am determined to do what I can to protect others

    about 1 week ago

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