As vice-chair of the All-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) I am aware, from evidence and testimonies received, how these machines create gambling related harm and can leave lives in ruin.
While I welcome the efforts of the Minister for Sport in securing a £2 maximum unit stake, I am frustrated at the delays in bringing about the change. I believe HM Treasury are the cause of these delays and every day it takes to enforce the change is another day for people to gamble hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds on FOBTs.
I urge the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use the upcoming UK Budget to outline when the implementation of a £2 maximum unit stake on FOBTs will occur. I believe this should happen in early 2019 and no later.