Welcome for gambling machines move
Church groups and faith-based organisations have welcomed the Government’s decision to significantly reduce the stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) from a maximum of £100 to £2.
'FOBTs are a serious problem in society and for local communities, families and individuals. Evidence links them to patterns of addictive behaviour, large financial losses and anti-social and criminal behaviour.
'In welcoming this proposed action we want to make it clear that in addition to the major challenge presented by FOBTs, there are also wider issues associated with gambling that require serious political commitment to address. Therefore we note that at this stage new powers to oversee gambling are not been given to Local Authorities. We ask the Government to re visit this.
‘We also note that the Government state that ‘Gambling-related harm is a health Issue’, we welcome this but will press for more clarity on this important issue.’
This statement was issued by The Salvation Army, The Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, The Church of Scotland, The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Evangelical Alliance UK, Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs, CARE, The Mission and Public Affairs Council of the Church of England.
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