General Article A gambling policy manifesto for 2014–15

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Gambling Watch UK Manifesto 2014–15.


By Professor Jim Orford, Emeritus Professor of Clinical & Community Psychology, University of Birmingham


This is a first draft so all comments are welcome. The aim is to use it later on to question the political parties about their gambling policies in the run up to the 2015 general election. What do you think should be in the shopping list of proposals?

  1. In government, gambling should be seen as a cross-department issue, with the Department of Health, Home Office, and Department for Culture Media and Sport having regular and ongoing inputs. The minister with chief responsibility for gambling should be a Department of Health minister, reflecting an important shift towards seeing gambling first and foremost as a public health matter.
  2. Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), which offer high-stake gambling on virtual casino-type games, should not be permitted in venues outside casinos. This would deal with what has become the most dangerous form o...

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