May 17, 2018 in Views

£2 stake cut on FOBTs

Our CEO, Paul Buck, has just been on National Radio commenting on the announced £2 stake cut on FOBTs. EPIC are in favour of the stake reduction which was needed to protect vulnerable customers.  We also welcome the wider measures that Tracey Crouch has announced to help make gambling fairer and safer.  EPIC continue to work directly and practically with…
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February 12, 2017 in Views

Bosses could face jail for failure to prevent fraud

Company bosses could be prosecuted for failing to stop their staff committing fraud under new laws being considered by ministers. The plans, which have yet to be officially unveiled, follow similar plans to make company boards liable if staff facilitate tax evasion. Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to end "boardroom excess" and make tackling corporate crime a key focus.…
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December 14, 2016 in Views

Gambling is responsible for 12.5% of all frauds in the UK

This year, the BDO analysis of UK fraud shows that the total value of reported fraud in 2015 was £1.5bn, an increase of 110% from the previous year, and the highest value since 2011. The report, which examines reported fraud cases over £50,000 in the UK, finds that the total number of cases, however, fell by 5.2%, with only 519…
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July 15, 2015 in Views

CEO’s Duty of Care – A case study

CEO's Duty of Care - a case study It is 9.30am on a Friday morning. The organisation that you lead is running smoothly with healthy quarterly profits, great brand image and perception, a happy workforce (indeed number 9 in the top 100 to work for), some superb innovative new products and some positive publicity doing the rounds in the media.…
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May 26, 2015 in Views

Problem Gambling in Sport – Sports Duty of Care

Problem Gambling - Sports Duty of Care  Paul Buck, Founder and Managing Director of EPIC Problem Gambling Consultancy, writes about professional sport’s duty of care to its players, fans and wider society on problem gambling. Sport Matters! Professional sport has a massive influence in the UK, arguably greater than religion (in fact, for many people sport is their religion), greater than politics…
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May 19, 2015 in Views

Problem gambling in your workplace: is this a risk you can ignore?

Published: Thinkpiece - Number 117 Independently promoting debate and fresh thinking in the financial services industry To view the original article click here Problem gambling in your workplace: is this a risk you can ignore? In March 2013 Pathological gambling was reclassified as a behavioural addiction, thus changing an organisation’s duty of care. There is now a legal and regulatory…
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March 12, 2015 in Views

Problem gambling is a huge issue

A 23 year olds life in tatters, 2 years in prison, friends and family devastated - problem gambling is a huge issue A GAMBLING addict who stole more than £230,000 from a telecoms firm has been jailed for two years.  Bradford Crown Court heard today how Joshua Walwyn, 23, abused his position of trust in the accounts department of Abzorb…
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March 6, 2015 in Views

Head teacher addicted to online gambling

Head teacher addicted to online gambling     Mail Online. (2007). Head teacher addicted to online gambling hangs himself after house is repossessed A head teacher who lived a "Walter Mitty" lifestyle hanged himself after racking up thousands of pounds of debt gambling on the internet, an inquest heard. John Reilly, 39, worked as the head of Sandilands Community Primary School…
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March 2, 2015 in Views

Problem gambling is a huge risk to an organisation

Problem gambling is a huge risk to an organisation A 23 year olds life in tatters, countless family and friends devastated, 2 years in prison and a huge impact on the organisations P&L. Problem gambling is a huge risk to an organisation and threat to duty of care. This should not have been able to continue for 2 years Black,…
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January 5, 2015 in Views

Our Associate and leading expert on women’s gambling Liz Karter

Our Associate and leading expert on women's gambling Liz Karter Liz Karter is a leading UK specialist in gambling addiction, author and speaker. Practicing since 2001 Liz has helped hundreds of men and women successfully move beyond gambling addiction to live rewarding lives. Having worked with all leading UK problem gambling treatment agencies, in January 2010 Liz established Level Ground Therapy,…
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December 19, 2014 in Views

Problem Gambling in the Financial Services sector

Problem Gambling in the Financial Services sector It has been confirmed that 20% of all referrals to the National Problem Gambling Clinic, in London, come from the financial services sector even though this is the industry that has the controls and systems available to them to prevent and identify potential problems.  We recognise how serious this issue is and tailor…
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December 15, 2014 in Views

EPIC launch problem gambling accreditation

EPIC launch problem gambling accreditation EPIC - the leading problem gambling consultancy in the UK and Ireland, launched its problem gambling accreditation scheme in September 2014 and we are well on track to award the first of these by the end of December 2014. The EPIC accreditation is awarded to organisations who are fulfilling their duty or care to shareholders,…
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December 12, 2014 in Views

Should gambling advertising be banned until after the 9pm watershed?

Banning gambling advertising until after the 9pm watershed.  Senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander has warned in a letter to Culture Secretary Sajid Javid that a review of gambling advertising being conducted for ministers "has still not reported" and adds that "the time to act is now". "It has now become almost impossible to watch any kind of sports event without being…
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December 8, 2014 in Views

EPIC presents problem gambling prevention and education to PPFplayers

EPIC presents problem gambling prevention and education to PPFplayers Eleanor Oldroyd presents a special program looking at the issue of gambling addiction amongst professional sports people. Featuring stories from those who have battled addiction and look at what is being done to tackle the problems associated with gambling addiction. Joining Elly are former Arsenal, Celtic and West Ham striker John Hartson;…
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December 1, 2014 in Views

Age UK worker stole from disabled man to pay off gambling addiction

Age UK worker stole from disabled man to pay off gambling addiction Nichol, S. (2014). Age UK worker, who stole from disabled man to pay off gambling addiction, spared jail. Available: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/age-uk-worker-who-stole-8325783. Last accessed 23rd Dec 2014. Mark Roberts, of North Shields, admitted three counts of fraud and two counts of theft in North Tyneside Magistrates' Court.  Mark Roberts was working as…
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November 24, 2014 in Views

Problem Gambler jailed for fraud because of his habit

Problem Gambler jailed for fraud because of his habit Thornton, L. (2014). Gambler jailed for fraud because of his habit hounded IN PRISON by bookmakers. Available: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gambler-jailed-fraud-because-habit-4750379. Last accessed 14th Dec 2014. A disgraced accountant jailed for fraud after becoming addicted to online gambling was “hounded” by bookmakers trying to tempt him back.  David Bradford, 58, a problem gambler jailed for fraud…
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November 17, 2014 in Views

Problem Gambling in the Financial Services Sector

Telegraph By Olivia Goldhill (5:20PM GMT 28 Nov 2014) With a new Priory clinic opening in the Square Mile, can big hitters still cope with their fast-paced lifestyles? Successful professionals may have exorbitant salaries, four-storey houses in Notting Hill and holiday homes in Monaco, but behind frosted executive windows, many are struggling to cope with life in the City. The Priory rehabilitation…
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November 14, 2014 in Views

Problem Gambling in Sport – GPA Launches ‘We Wear More’

Gambling effects people in all walks of life #players GPA launches ‘We Wear More’ Emotional Health and Wellbeing Campaign. The Gaelic Players Association is dedicated to country players throughout their lives and guided by the principles of excellence, commitment, compassion and transparency. Established in 1999 the GPA exists to support gaelic players who are amateur athletes but train and work…
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November 10, 2014 in Views

Corporate fraud cases soar

Businesses are increasingly falling victim to fraud – most of it committed by their own employees, new figures show. The number of cases in the South West soared by 136% last year to 33, from 14 in 2013, according to accountants KPMG’s latest Fraud Barometer.  Thirteen firms in the region were hit by the crime last year, it shows. Some…
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