Despite the UK government’s best efforts to bury the announcement today, I welcome the government’s climbdown in finally confirming that it will bring forward the implementation date on FOBTs to April 2019.

This is an issue that I and others have campaigned on for a number of years as we believe it’s an important step in reducing gambling related harm.

The cross party campaign to reduce the maximum unit stake on these machines has listened to the evidence and testimonies of individuals and loved ones who, for some, have lost everything to gambling addiction.

The UK government has finally come to its senses and listened to the growing chorus of calls to act now, not later.