I’m deeply disappointed with the Gambling Commissions in their recommendation on the maximum unit stake on FOBTs of £30 or below. This gives the Government lots of wiggle room to set a level above the £2 stake which I and many of my colleagues have been calling for.
With the bookmakers intensifying their lobbying efforts, there is an even greater need for supporters of a £2 stake to increase pressure on the Government to take the decisive action that is needed to dramatically reduce the stake on these harmful machines.
It’s now up to Matt Hancock to acknowledge the damage these machines do and have the courage to cut the maximum stake to £2. It’s time the Government got serious on gambling related harm.