FOBTs re­bel­lion threat to Bud­get

Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN - BY KEIR MUDIE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

THE Chan­cel­lor faces a re­bel­lion on his up­com­ing Bud­get if he de­lays the cap on fixed-odds bet­ting ter­mi­nal stakes.

Sources say Philip Ham­mond plans to in­clude a date for the £2 limit later this month – but he has yet to de­cide when the new rules will come in.

Back­benchers could put down an amend­ment that would de­feat the bud­get and en­force the limit.

A source said: “The peo­ple get­ting or­gan­ised are peo­ple he needs on side. There’s no rea­son not to do it – un­less pres­sure from the gam­bling lobby is too much.”

Life-wreck­ing FOBTs, known as the “crack co­caine of gam­bling”, let cus­tomers bet up to £100 ev­ery 20 sec­onds.

Cam­paign­ers de­manded a £2 limit. Af­ter years of pres­sure the Trea­sury agreed, but then ap­peared to de­lay the in­tro­duc­tion.


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