Bet­ting ban con­sul­ta­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Mar­garet Fer­rier MP has wel­comed a state­ment from the UK Gov­ern­ment, calling for ev­i­dence on the use of gam­ing ma­chines across Bri­tain.

La­belling the call for ev­i­dence as“a step in the right di­rec­tion”, the SNP MP com­mit­ted to con­tinue work­ing with the separate all-party in­quiry which is cur­rently un­der way.

Ms Fer­rier has been cam­paign­ing for tighter re­stric­tions on fixed-odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals – the high street ma­chines which al­low gam­blers to stake up to £300 per minute.

She spoke at the re­cent SNP con­fer­ence on the is­sue.

Com­ment­ing on the re­cent de­vel­op­ment, she said:“This call for ev­i­dence is an en­cour­ag­ing sign, and although a step in the right di­rec­tion, there is still a long way to travel be­fore these ma­chines are prop­erly reg­u­lated.

“I will con­tinue work­ing with the All-Party Group on Bet­ting Ter­mi­nals, col­lect­ing ev­i­dence as part of our own in­quiry. This an­nounce­ment just un­der­lines the vi­tal im­por­tance of the separate in­quiry, and the need for us to con­tinue to gather ev­i­dence and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the gov­ern­ment about these ma­chines.

“These ma­chines are dam­ag­ing fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties across Bri­tain, and I would en­cour­age any­one with views on the mat­ter to take part in the con­sul­ta­tive process.”

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