Limit call on bet­ting ma­chines

The Oban Times - - News -

THE NUM­BER of gam­bling ma­chines in the High­lands could be re­duced as the lo­cal au­thor­ity has sup­ported a plan to limit fixed odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals to pre­vent a ‘su­per­tax on poverty’.

High­land coun­cil has en­dorsed the pro­posal to trans­fer con­trol of the bet­ting ma­chines to the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment from West­min­is­ter, which would see a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of ma­chines in High­land book­mak­ers. Un­der the planned amend­ments, lo­cal au­thor­ity li­cens­ing boards could also refuse fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions for bet­ting premises if they think there are al­ready too many in the area.

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