Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Fiona Bruce MP promotes New Report Calling for Government Action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Fiona Bruce MP is part of a group of MPs promoting a new report calling on the Government to help reduce the impact of problem gambling.
The Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), of which she is a member, launched the report on today in the House of Commons.
Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) allow users to stake £100 every 20 seconds on electronic versions of casino games such as roulette, but in a low supervision high street bookie environment. Political concern and controversy has been growing about the highly addictive nature of the machines, with one campaign group even calling them the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.
The cross party group of MPs, of which Fiona Bruce is a member, has today published the results of six months of investigations and evidence gathering. The report calls for a substantial reduction in the maximum stake which can be wagered on a FOBT and more powers for local councils to control the proliferation of betting shops.
Speaking on her support for the campaign for a stake reduction, Fiona said:
“I have been increasingly concerned about the impact FOBTs have had, on both the lives of those addicted to gambling on them and also the impact on their families, particularly young children who can go without food and heat in their homes as a result, and have spoken about this a number of times in the House of Commons. The ability to lose vast amounts of money on these on high speed and highly addictive machines is one of the key causes of harm associated with gambling addiction, leading to greater losses.
“These machines should be properly regulated, as the All Party Group proposes in this report, and the maximum stake reduced to £2 instead of £100.”
The Inquiry comes at a critical time, as the Government considers the responses to its Call for Evidence on Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility and as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport moves towards publishing the Review of Stakes and Prizes. 
The FOBT APPG took evidence from, among others, academics, problem gamblers, campaign groups, local authorities, industry experts, Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch, Sarah Harrison. Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, Chris Kelly, Chair of the Responsible Strategy Gambling Board, Kate Lampard, Chair of Gamble Aware.
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