Government are hurting local communities over fixed-odds betting terminals

November 2, 2018 7:18 AM

The Government have announced that plans to reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed.

FOBTs currently allow gamblers to place bets of up to £100 on electronic games. They have been described as the 'crack cocaine' of gambling, and can see players lose vast amounts of money very quickly with no human interaction.

In spite of cross-party agreement to reduce the limit to £2 to protect problem gamblers, the Government have announced a delay in this change.

Cllr Lucy Care said "I've talked to people affected by FOBTs and have campaigned against them for some years now. The Government know they are a problem and need to stand by their promise.

"Gambling can be an incredibly harmful addiction for people. It can ruin lives and put families on the street. These FOBTs are among the worst types of gambling for addicts. They blight communities across Derby. Yet the Government are putting betting company profits ahead of families in trouble.

"No more excuses. No more delays. These machines are undeniably damaging to vulnerable people, and it's time to end the harm."