Campaigns

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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  • 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 6 months ago
  • not talking from my pocket Permalink

    FOBT'S , I used to enjoy a trip to the bookies . I was easily able to control my horse and football bets , i consider myself a fairly strong self willed person , not when it comes to fobts , they sometimes give me immense urges to use fobts , more so when i step foot into a bookies (mainly roulette , i think that is most people's choice?) Often putting every penny and more in , you never win really they are fixed .. odds betting terminals , and fixed towards the bookie of course , I have on lots of occasions put over £100 in and got 2 or 3 very small return wins during that 100 , then money is gone in literally minutes . Fairness you say ? If that was going on anywhere else / other industry it would be shut down . . I have seen that these ruin lives , men/women 18-80yr old but the bookie and government don't care . THE MACHINES ARE PUTTING PEOPLE INTO POVERTY .. hope the government read this .. you are allowing lives and families to be ruined at the expense of bringing taxes in . Shame on you . Go and spend a day in a bookmakers and you will see what's happening in real day to day life . If there's any addiction issues on my part im addressing those . But what are you doing for us , gamcare ? Self exclusion forms ? .. pretty useless to be honest .
    Bookmakers are no longer nice places to be .

    I'm now a customer who does my best to stay away from bookmakers and 99% the time i do keep away so im a lost customer , not that youre worried as plenty of foolish people will take my place and get legally ripped off . You may aswell legalize certain drugs , less harmful .
    Pleased do question your morals policticians , mp's , bookmaker operators .

    about 6 months ago
  • steve holman Permalink

    im kicking off a campaign to end uk tv advertising for gambling
    , please sign
    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/155658/sponsors/5JRQ2XphR4GgkSXCqL1s

    about 5 months ago
  • T.. In reply to: # 439 Permalink

    Hello Steve :)

    I just signed your petition and will share around those I know to do just that.

    Thanks.

    about 4 months ago
  • Tim Chapman In reply to: # 439 Permalink

    Just signed your petition and shocked to see that hardly anybody has signed it. You need to publicise this more!

    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 4 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 3 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 2 months ago
  • catherine davidson Permalink

    I think all online gambling should be banned like it is in other countries...it 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 2 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 1 month ago

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