Minister Gives Evidence on FOBTs

The All-party Parliamentary Group on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) asked the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Culture, Media and Sport, Tracey Crouch MP, a number of questions during a parliamentary meeting.

During a meeting of the APPG on FOBTs (Thursday) the Minister gave evidence to the group regarding the on-going review of gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the gambling industry.

The review will include a close look at the issue of B2 gaming machines (more commonly known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – FOBTs) and specific concerns about the harm they cause, be that to the player or the communities in which they are located.

I have continued to campaign for further action to be taken 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 was refreshing to have the Minister take the time to come before the APPG and give evidence on the review of gaming machines, which includes FOBTs.

The evidence shows that 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.

I look forward to learning the outcome of the review.