FOBT stakes reduction brought forward

It was announced in the Budget that the lowering of maximum stakes from £100 to £2 would be introduced in October 2019, but the Government has now decided to implement the reduction in April next year.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “This announcement is great news, on something that has become an issue of growing national concern. A reduction in maximum stakes is something the LGA has long called for to help tackle the harm these machines can cause.

“Maximum stakes on FOBTs are significantly out of line with other high street gambling machines. Bringing the stake down to £2 will help reduce problem gambling and its devastating impacts on individuals and communities. It will help prevent vulnerable players from losing £100 in seconds in a single play, which many people cannot afford to lose.

“Research has shown that problem gambling, often linked to FOBTs, creates huge costs for the NHS, councils and the criminal justice system.

“It is right that government has listened to these concerns and we urge it to set in stone this revised date for the new £2 limit to rule out the chance of any new delay.”

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