Today, (Thursday) I met with a representative of Newham Council to discuss their proposal calling for a reduction in the stakes on FOBTs from £100 to £2 in November 2014, though Sustainable Communities Act (SCA). The proposal was supported by 93 councils, representing a total population of nearly 23,000,000.
I continue to campaign for further action to be taken, by the UK Government, on gambling related harm. I previously proposed that funds from dormant betting accounts should be used to support individuals and families whose lives have been affected by gambling related harm.
It’s vital the UK Government take the necessary action on reducing the maximum unit state on Fixed Odds Betting Terminal machines to £2.
These machines are directly linked to problem gambling with 4 out of 5 FOBT gamblers exhibiting problem gambling behaviour at stakes in excess of £13 a spin compared to 1 in 5 at stakes £2 and under.
The work of Newham Council highlights meaningful proposals which can be taken to reduce the unit stake and ultimately help in the campaign to reduce gambling related harm.
I urge the UK Government to take action on FOBTs and also the wider issue of gambling related harm.
Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group – http://www.fobt-appg.com.
Newham Council proposal on FOBTs – https://www.newham.gov.uk/Documents/Misc/SustainableCommunitiesActBettingShopCampaign.pdf