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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  • Dave Permalink

    I have been gambling for as long as i can remember, I never win....EVER, I hear people do win or should i say picked to win. I feel these days i find it difficult even winning your money back once it goes in. I had a gambling spell a few months ago which took every last penny i had in the space of 1 week. I played the £500 slot and put 100 after 100 in which was lasting me 10 minutes each time per 100. It took 600 of me that day and not 1 feature came up. I was pissed ( angry ) . Thinking if these are fair i should of had some chance of winning some money back but i never did. I came home to try online slots in hope i me trying to recoup some lost money but by doing so i lost another £700. Days went by desperate to try win what i had put in and i was drained of every penny i had and i sit there in complete silence - numb and so worried about what had just happened i cried, ALOT! I had just lost £4800.

    These most certainly ruin lives and the saying ( THERE'S ONLY 1 WINNER) Is the truth.
    I am still struggling from that day-mentally and physically.

    about 3 months ago
  • Seb Permalink

    I fully agree with the comments already made.

    I've never been in a warzone thankfully, but talking as someone who's just gone through a redundancy process at work (falling into a low point in life during the process) and who's spent all the redundancy payment (and more) in online casinos over just 3 months....this may as well be a warzone.

    [u]The prevalence of the bookmakers on our streets in the UK, is the toxic result of weak decision making by our Politicians.

    What I can't really understand is how the CEO's of the bookmakers sleep at night, surely they know the damage they do, and yet the bookmakers multiply everywhere, but even more so in less well-off areas of towns. Amazingly they manage to get already well off actors & sports stars to promote 'the fun' of gambling. The casino adverts on TV are horrific, promoting online betting and risk taking as a lifestyle choice to aspire to (as does the National Lottery while on that subject), and the 'cashino's' shops appearing on highstreets sit alongside the 3 big bookmakers, just to ensure they don't miss out on all the action.

    What happened to us here in the UK!? I wonder if other countries leaders have allowed their population to also be exposed & vulnerable to this type of exploitation - I would like to know if this is permitted in France, Germany, Spain etc?

    The Labour gov't made a massive error & breached their duty of care for many people by allowing the gambling industry to open a new assault on their target customers through FOBT, and the current administration has done nothing to try and repair the damage to my knowledge. Online gambling is incredibly addictive and i'm pretty sure it must be leading to many, many social problems, that go unseen.

    Thank you for this site, I will now starting the process of picking up the pieces of my life....redundancy was bad, but gambling has dealt the hammer blow, and it must change.

    about 2 months ago
  • Rav Permalink

    Lost £600 in last two days, on black jack, and feel sick to the core. Had given up a year ago and relapsed bigtime. Was betting £30 a hand in the session. I feel so low, and desperately want them banned.

    about 2 months ago
  • Pete Permalink

    Watching the England v. Holland on ITV, I was horrified by the number of betting firms advertising during the programme. Every Ad break seemed to feature at least one for gambling! I've never been tempted to bet - but for those who struggle with addiction it must be very hard. Surely there should be some controls? Slogans like "bet responsibly" and "When the fun stops, stop!" just don't cut the mustard, they're just a sop!

    about 1 month ago
  • Luke Permalink

    Isn't there a petition of some sort to get the machines in the bookies banned? There's a regale feature on this forum and that is the betting fixed odds machines!!! They have limited the amount you can bet to fifty pound but the fact is that doesn't help a gambler in the slightest. They are a joke and the top earner for a bookie and the government, they won't be banned as they make far too much money for the government! Jokers!!

    about 1 month ago
  • J a renton Permalink

    These bingo sites have ruin my and our family lives by taking all our money and putting us in debt, it is nice to see that people are looking to monitored their advertising but I think that when a advertisement comes on the television it should be counteracted with a sort programme about the problem and hardship it causes, and as a last resort the television company should be sued.

    about 1 month ago
  • Tim Permalink

    Gambling takes advantage of millions of us as 1 in 3 of us are bipolar meaning mentally unstable at times and yet we get our bets on fine there should be a law stating there has to be no previews of races just the prices and the race and lots of adverts explaining the negatives of betting. Only then would the phycology game be fair!

    about 1 month ago
  • Terry Permalink

    My mum passed away last week. We have just gone through all of my mums paperwork and discovered she had been addicted to online bingo, spending the £70k nest egg my mum and dad had for there retirement.

    My mum also borrowed money and ran up credit cards, often buying clothes and other items to boost her low self esteem.

    No one new what was going on and she covered it up well. I will deeply miss my mum and feel cheated that gambling took my mum some years ago and replaced her with someone that could be short tempered and scratchy through her moods related to her addiction and worries.

    We will now support my dad through his retirement.

    Gambling destroys lives

    about 3 weeks ago
  • Angel Permalink

    All Evils(bad deeds,actions,sins) are not allowed or permitted in any Religion.I Read in all books of every Religion that Gambling is an Evil and big sin.Gambling will always create wil never solve your problems.Gambling is Root of alk Evils.Most Worst Addiction and crime.whenever we ignore the teachings of Religion,we get in trouble.Gambling is strictly banned in all Religions.Gambling always Ruin the Life.Quit Gambling and save your Life.write email to email address is Ruining the life of people.its Root cause of all crimes and evils....

    about 1 week ago
  • Something needs to be done about gambling in the UK.

    I wrote to my local MP about my concern of online gambling after seeing so many adverts for it all for different sites and throwing all these offers about depositing £X amount and getting a x% bonus back (which you win on and can't withdraw) it makes me sick to the core.

    I started gambling after a nasty injury left me disabled and I was low in the gutter. I work to gamble now and I'm trying to save up for a house. It has destroyed me. A lot of sites make you phone them to self exclude and even then it's just for 6 months. I've lost too much to count.

    The response I got from my MP was 'everything is above board with gambling promotion and everything is well regulated' b*llocks is it!

    about 1 week 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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