How IDS has led the way

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FOR­MER Tory leader Iain Dun­can Smith has led the campaign against fixed-odds ter­mi­nals. His Cen­tre for So­cial Jus­tice think­tank pub­lished re­search on how the ma­chines af­fect so­ci­ety and con­cluded that cut­ting the max­i­mum stake from £100 to £2 was vi­tal to pro­tect the pub­lic.

The re­port re­vealed a wor­ry­ing rise in prob­lem gam­bling. It said Gov­ern­ment rules had ‘missed the mark’ with a quar­ter of calls to gam­bling helplines linked to FOBTs. The num­ber of ma­chines is at an all-time high of 34,809, with £1.7bil­lion gam­bled away on them ev­ery year.

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