People in Britain now spend £1bn a week on fixed-odds betting terminals. We want to hear from readers about the human cost of this habit
The scale of Britain’s gambling problem has come under the spotlight with figures showing that nearly £1bn is being spent a week on fixed-odds betting terminals.
It’s not the only indication of our addiction to betting. A Times investigation reveals that the NHS is prescribing £10,000-a-year drugs for some of the worst gamblers, and that calls to the country’s leading gambling helpline rose by a third last year alone. Campaigners say ministers have allowed the industry to grow unchecked over the past five years, despite its dangers.