MP­gives £2FOBTs stake­her ap­proval

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea Lam­brou

Dr Lisa Cameron says she is de­lighted the scourge of fixed odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals (FOBTs) will be curbed six months ear­lier next year.

A cut in the max­i­mum stakes on con­tro­ver­sial FOBTs will come into force in April.

The top wa­ger on the gam­ing ma­chines – de­scribed as the ‘crack co­caine’ of gam­bling – will be re­duced from £100 to just £2 in April.

The move comes af­ter a House of Com­mons re­volt against Trea­sury plans to push the plans back to Oc­to­ber 2019.

Dr Cameron is pleased the is­sue is fi­nally go­ing to be ad­dressed af­ter years of cam­paign­ing.

She told the News: “De­spite ma­jor­ity cross party sup­port, it took the resignation of the min­is­ter for sport, for the UK Govern­ment to act.

“These ma­chines are ad­dic­tive and are found in ex­cess, in ar­eas of de­pri­va­tion, ex­ac­er­bat­ing poverty in the most vul­ner­a­ble groups, in­clud­ing teenagers. I pay spe­cial rec­om­men­da­tion to my col­league Ron­nie Cowan who led the charge against the bet­ting in­dus­try to ad­dress FOBTs and never gave up.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.