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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  • Paul In reply to: # 439 Permalink

    Just signed, will spread about wherever I can.

    about 3 months ago
  • Jezebel Permalink

    I would like to support you. The advertising for betting is driving me mad. Can they not see how they are ruining lives and also leading children to believe it is OK to bet. This should not happen. Thankfully there has been a backlash.

    about 8 months ago
  • Robert C-H Permalink

    It is encouraging to see a small amount of energy now opposing these being sites n betting shops. Gambling destroys and kills, be in no doubt and on line gambling is a time bomb.

    France and the USA have different approaches to this, and there best practices should be considered.

    about 7 months ago
  • Lee McCarthy Permalink

    Gambling has ruined my life and has made me hurt all the people around me that I love. My biggest issue is how do these online sites allow vulnerable people to deposit money via a credit card. It's a credit card which means you don't have the money and you're asking for credit to be given to you and it's money you don't actually have to lose yet these sites didn't batter an eye lid. Why do we allow people to wreck so many lives when other countries have banned online gambling and we actually heavily promote it? Something has to be done and people compensated back.

    about 7 months ago
  • catherine davidson Permalink

    I think all online gambling should be banned like it is in other prays on the vulnerable and attracts those who can least afford it...hoping for that one big win that could change their life....most of these people wouldnt go into a casino or betting shop...its an online addiction ruining lives

    about 6 months ago
  • Lapita Permalink

    The good thing about gambling it doesn't discriminate. It will take anyone's money if you indulge. Stay away for a better peace of mind.

    about 6 months ago
  • Toby Hunt Permalink

    Lets all get our heads together, get together as many problem gamblers as possible, show them there is a force out there behind them and get our voices heard!! check out my blog on gambling below

    about 4 months ago
  • Lisa Permalink

    Online gambling should never have been allowed. I have wasted thousands of pounds on multiple casino sites. I am now in a debt management programme and have paid almost have of my credit cards and pay day loan debts back. I have permanently self excluded from all of them. I would never spend this amount of money in a bookmakers but easily spent over a 1000 pound in one night on an online casino site. They should all be banned they are ruining many families and leading to suicide attempts which I contemplated many times.

    about 1 month ago
  • Neil Permalink

    I am sick to the back teeth of seeing advert after advert after advert for online casinos and "spend £10 to get £30 to bet with" at nearly every ad break. Although I have never put a bet on or gambled, it just seems to be every other ad is for online gambling. Ban it, and ban it NOW!!!!

    about 1 month ago
  • Ali Permalink

    Gambling destroy many live in uk!!!

    about 2 weeks ago

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Opportunities for gambling in Britain have increased very considerably in the last 20 years and were given further encouragement with the passing of the 2005 Gambling Act. The latest British Gambling Prevalence Survey, carried out in 2009/10, found that between one third and one half a million British adults experienced a gambling problem in the previous 12 months.
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