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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  • 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 4 months 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 4 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 4 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 months 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 2 months ago
  • A Father Permalink

    I've got the same gambling issues with my son. He is only 13 and is already starting to show symptoms of gambling addiction... Although he does it only in his video game, by opening so-called "lootboxes" which give him an extremely small chance to win a random valuable in-item. Even if he gets "lucky" he often goes to bet the said item on video game betting websites (I'm not quite sure how these work) and most of the time just lose it... I tried to talk to him about it but he claims that "its a normal thing"... Maybe for him and his friends, but not me!

    Best regards,

    about 2 months ago
  • mike Permalink

    they may reduce the limit but just one betting shop in Plymouth has 5 of them 4 next to each other and when i was really bad on them i was using 2 at a £100 spin on each i spent thousands and thousands on them money left to me from my gran and compensation money but the worst i stole money of a elderly friend and lost it all i nearly went to prison because of this . But at the time there was not a gamblers anonymous in Plymouth so i asked the different bookmakers if they would fund one but the higher up management said no. My thoughts are they should reduce the stake and limit for only 2 machines to one shop and so what if it will cost jobs there are other jobs out there what is more important someones job or someones life of misery

    about 1 month ago
  • A chav Permalink

    I've unfortunately lost many friends to this disease...
    And seen the havoc and misery inflicted on their families and children.
    They were all adults and made adult choices by walking in to the BOOKIES or CASINOS. (Rightly or wrongly)
    You need to be 18 to do this.
    My children are NOT 18 - and cannot enter a bookie or casino.
    Why are they allowed to ENTER MY HOME without my PERMISSION.
    Why have they been given permission to come in to my home, trying sell me a VICE and trying to normalise it to my kids.
    We just wanna watch sport - we love sport.
    Luckily I have no interest in gambling and never will.
    But I hate it because of what I've seen.
    This can't be right and someone needs to stop this.
    Ray Winston you were cool once - can't stand you now mate P RICK

    about 4 weeks ago

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