Call to ban betting machines in Hyndburn

AN East Lancashire council is set to call on the government to ban ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’.

Betting machines, or fixed-odds terminals, which allow punters to spend £100 every 20 seconds on virtual casino and racing games, are causing ‘significant’ problems, said a motion document will be put before Hyndburn Council.

The move has been backed by Haslingden and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, and the Bishop of Burnley John Goddard.

The motion, which will be put forward by a senior councillor in the controlling Labour group, said: “This council believes that the increase ... is causing significant problems and believes that the government should use the exisiting legislative framework, or introduce legislation to outlaw casino games in betting shops.

“At the very least, local authorities should be given powers to protect the local amenity and wellbeing of communities by stopping the proliferation of betting shops, and reducing the maximum stakes, and slowing down the speed of play.”

If the motion is agreed at a council meeting on January 23, the chief executive will write to the government to demand ‘urgent action’.

Chief executive David Welsby would also ask the government to look at reducing the maximum stake from £100 to £2 per spin.

Punters in East Lancashire spent more than £270m on the machines - dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ - last year, according to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.

Labour MP for Haslingden and Hyndburn, Graham Jones, has long campaigned against the machines, and recently launched a petition calling for them to be restricted.

And Labour leader Ed Miliband said yesterday he will ban the machines if he wins the next election.

Mr Jones said: “[Labour MP] Tom Watson and I have led the campaign against these pernicious machines, which prey on vulnerable people.

“There’s no enjoyment in losing hundreds of pounds in minutes on these machines, which are prevalent.”

The Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Revd John Goddard said: “Moderate, careful, self-controlled betting may be appropriate.

“I personally do not bet, apart from on the church raffle.

“However, I do have concerns where the spending on betting machines can become out of control, and people find themselves in great difficulties.

“I think that needs better control.”

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11:39am Sat 21 Dec 13

sjw0808 says...

Couldn't agree more - These machines should only be available in Casinos
Couldn't agree more - These machines should only be available in Casinos sjw0808

12:28pm Sat 21 Dec 13

workaholic says...

Hooray - Action At Last !!!! Totally Agree !
Hooray - Action At Last !!!! Totally Agree ! workaholic

12:39pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

It's worse than that. because these are fixed odds machines, they have become the means of choice for criminals to launder money.

Say you have £500 of drugs money. Put that much in the machine and you know you are going to get £450 back. Ok, you have lost £50 but the money is clean and the police can't touch you.

Now have a think about why these machines have sprung up in huge numbers in every town and city.
It's worse than that. because these are fixed odds machines, they have become the means of choice for criminals to launder money. Say you have £500 of drugs money. Put that much in the machine and you know you are going to get £450 back. Ok, you have lost £50 but the money is clean and the police can't touch you. Now have a think about why these machines have sprung up in huge numbers in every town and city. Excluded again

1:20pm Sat 21 Dec 13

AlifromIsrael says...

No problem.

Get on a bus, or drive your car to Blackburn or Burnley. with your bag of money which you want to laundry.

Or start a taxi business, or takeaway, then you don't need to leave Hyndburn.
No problem. Get on a bus, or drive your car to Blackburn or Burnley. with your bag of money which you want to laundry. Or start a taxi business, or takeaway, then you don't need to leave Hyndburn. AlifromIsrael

2:40pm Sat 21 Dec 13

mavrick says...

We all know the small shops are not making a do, however they seem to be permanently staffed so how can they manage without a living wage. perhaps a good look at the books would tell a story, I don,t think there is a taxi driver earning over £100 per week. maybe the shops are just fronts for something else, or am I being a cynical.
We all know the small shops are not making a do, however they seem to be permanently staffed so how can they manage without a living wage. perhaps a good look at the books would tell a story, I don,t think there is a taxi driver earning over £100 per week. maybe the shops are just fronts for something else, or am I being a cynical. mavrick

5:22pm Sat 21 Dec 13

churchman says...

the main people i see on these machine are asians, i always thought the were not allowed to gamble as there koran says.talk about when it suits.
the main people i see on these machine are asians, i always thought the were not allowed to gamble as there koran says.talk about when it suits. churchman

10:09pm Sat 21 Dec 13

AlifromIsrael says...

mavrick wrote:
We all know the small shops are not making a do, however they seem to be permanently staffed so how can they manage without a living wage. perhaps a good look at the books would tell a story, I don,t think there is a taxi driver earning over £100 per week. maybe the shops are just fronts for something else, or am I being a cynical.
I think you should have stated......There are NO TAXI DRIVERS WHO ADMIT
TO EARNING OVER £100 A WEEK
.

AND don't forget they all claim they are unemployed to claim more money from the government.

The surplus is sent to their family in Pakistan.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: We all know the small shops are not making a do, however they seem to be permanently staffed so how can they manage without a living wage. perhaps a good look at the books would tell a story, I don,t think there is a taxi driver earning over £100 per week. maybe the shops are just fronts for something else, or am I being a cynical.[/p][/quote]I think you should have stated......There are NO TAXI DRIVERS WHO ADMIT TO EARNING OVER £100 A WEEK . AND don't forget they all claim they are unemployed to claim more money from the government. The surplus is sent to their family in Pakistan. AlifromIsrael

5:37pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

Two points:
1 these machines were introduced under a Labour government which also wanted every city to have casinos.
2 gambling on these machines is not compulsory.
Two points: 1 these machines were introduced under a Labour government which also wanted every city to have casinos. 2 gambling on these machines is not compulsory. Loving lances

5:50pm Sun 22 Dec 13

workaholic says...

Loving lances wrote:
Two points:
1 these machines were introduced under a Labour government which also wanted every city to have casinos.
2 gambling on these machines is not compulsory.
Re your comments ? Mmmmmmm trying to think of any addiction which
'IS' actually compulsory - but hey - you got me !
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: Two points: 1 these machines were introduced under a Labour government which also wanted every city to have casinos. 2 gambling on these machines is not compulsory.[/p][/quote]Re your comments ? Mmmmmmm trying to think of any addiction which 'IS' actually compulsory - but hey - you got me ! workaholic

5:55pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

Hi Workaholic,
Rather than just blasting the betting shops why not have a campaign telling the stupid feckless gamblers that they are just wasting their money.
Oh, right! These are working-class Labour voters and therefore beyond criticism. No wonder there is such a need for foodbanks.
Hi Workaholic, Rather than just blasting the betting shops why not have a campaign telling the stupid feckless gamblers that they are just wasting their money. Oh, right! These are working-class Labour voters and therefore beyond criticism. No wonder there is such a need for foodbanks. Loving lances

8:48pm Sun 22 Dec 13

workaholic says...

Loving lances wrote:
Hi Workaholic,
Rather than just blasting the betting shops why not have a campaign telling the stupid feckless gamblers that they are just wasting their money.
Oh, right! These are working-class Labour voters and therefore beyond criticism. No wonder there is such a need for foodbanks.
You miss my point - are alcoholics and drug addicts not wasting their money too! It becomes an illness with some people just like addiction to alcohol and drugs.
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: Hi Workaholic, Rather than just blasting the betting shops why not have a campaign telling the stupid feckless gamblers that they are just wasting their money. Oh, right! These are working-class Labour voters and therefore beyond criticism. No wonder there is such a need for foodbanks.[/p][/quote]You miss my point - are alcoholics and drug addicts not wasting their money too! It becomes an illness with some people just like addiction to alcohol and drugs. workaholic

8:57pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

Workaholic:
So you are saying that these people are lacking in the following social skills:
1 imagination
2 intelligence
3 reasoning
4 caring for their families
5 budgeting to provide for the future

Making excuses for these people by saying they are vulnerable does not wash. Fools and their money are soon parted.
Whether they live on a crap estate or are professional gamblers like Lord Lucan they know that they can't beat the system but arrogant enough to think that can do it. Sod their families.
Workaholic: So you are saying that these people are lacking in the following social skills: 1 imagination 2 intelligence 3 reasoning 4 caring for their families 5 budgeting to provide for the future Making excuses for these people by saying they are vulnerable does not wash. Fools and their money are soon parted. Whether they live on a crap estate or are professional gamblers like Lord Lucan they know that they can't beat the system but arrogant enough to think that can do it. Sod their families. Loving lances

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