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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  • Giuseppe torzillo Permalink

    Any class of person can get involved in gambling.Maybe hypnosis or cognitive therapy is the answer,but I have gambled on online casinos,in the bookies.The fixed odds betting terminals are destroying peoples lives..I have seen it and though its not destroyed my life,its always lurking in the background.What im trying to say is that once a gambler,then the tendency is to want to get that thrill,and one day a person could have a mad moment,and blow thousands and thousands of pounds.Who would be interested in meeting up for a discussion on ideas to curtail peoples gambling problems?

    about 3 months ago
  • Dickie Permalink

    My exwife gambled £20k in 9 months.

    about 3 months ago
  • Lou Permalink

    I strongly believe that all online gambling sites should be closed and advertising should be banned. It is so easy to get hooked and you don't see the money leave your hand when you gamble online. You just pop in your card details and bam, deposit , deposit, deposit. The next thing you know your money is gone and you feel distraught.

    There is no protection for vulnerable people, seriously something needs to be done to close these sites and stop this happening.

    about 3 months ago
  • Ann Stephen Permalink

    It disgusts me that gambling ads are allowed on tv and online, so many lives have been and will be destroyed if something isn't done to stop vulnerable people being sucked into this horrible addiction. All it takes for bad , greedy people to succeed is for good people to sit back and do nothing! They banned smoking ads, why is gambling so seemingly acceptable in our society.

    about 2 months ago
  • Andrea Permalink

    I have got a bad gambling addiction and dont know what to do. I have tried anti gambling software it doesnt work. My relationship is breaking down and im on antidepressants so doesnt get much worse. Ban these greedy sites. You will never gain anything from them and ban the adds. Its as bad as smoking if not worse.

    about 2 months ago
  • David Permalink

    It's time the uk government puts it's citizens before the big corporations. I don't care if the TV companies will lose millions in ad revenue, in my eyes it's dirty money and they shouldn't want it, there's so much pain and misery attached to every pound they make from the gambling industry. These adverts are the worst triggers for me, I know it's illogical to want to gamble more after losing so much, but that's the nature of this horrible addiction. The gambling companies know this, they are masters of psychology, they use very intentionally placed sounds and images to catch the addict off guard. In my opinion they are no better than drug pushers!

    It's time to put uk citizens first and ban all advertising for gambling. If I had my way I'd also block access to all international gaming sites, these companies base themselves in tax free locations, so I suspect uk makes very little from them, apart from things like advertising, perhaps the reason why the government is so reluctant to ban the ads. It's also massive drain on the economy, put the uk first and at least impose restrictions on the international companies from operating here. In Cyprus they have already done it, they have blocked access to all international online casinos and I applaud them for that.

    about 1 month ago
  • Darren Permalink

    They won't ban it as its the replacement tax for the the dying out cigarettes tax,plus the government don't care,

    about 1 month ago
  • Bil Permalink

    100% behind any campaign that seeks to ban or limit gambling advertising and thereby reduce the chance of adults and children becoming addicted. Out of control gambling has a corrosive and destructive effect on individuals and their families.

    about 1 month ago
  • David Permalink

    Hello, I wanted to share something with you...

    I was an online gambler, and used this one online service in particular , where for every £50 bet you gain a level, and the higher level you are the better daily reward you can get . I had nearly no problems with gambling at all and haven't put more than £10 for a while , the daily reward made me come back to it over and over...

    But today... I decided to email them and ask for a permaban for myself. Now I won't ever be able to claim that daily again, and stop gambling entirely. :)

    Thanks for helping me out and have a nice day...

    about 1 month ago
  • 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 weeks ago

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