Responding to figures released today by The Fairer Gambling Campaign showing that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) are taking a disproportionate amount of money in areas of high unemployment, Clive Efford MP, Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister said:
“These figures provide further evidence that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals are making a disproportionate amount of money from poorer households in areas with high levels of deprivation.
“When the 2005 Gambling Act was introduced the previous Government said that these machines would be kept under review. This new evidence once again highlights that the Government must urgently hold this review and look at maximum stakes, speed of play and how we licence and regulate Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.
“The scrapping of the Gambling Prevalence Survey has made it difficult to track trends in problem gambling. The gambling industry must pay for an annual independent survey to monitor the impact of FOBTs and gambling addiction across the whole industry.”