Help change the law on addictive gambling machines
The Government is consulting on reducing the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), relating to:
- Maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005
- Social responsibility measures for the industry as a whole to minimise the risk of gambling-related harm, including on gambling advertising, online gambling, gaming machines and research, education and treatment (RET).
FOBTs are highly addictive. Dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, they are the most dangerous type of gaming machine. Some gamblers have lost tens of thousands of pounds, and FOBT addiction has devastated many families. A maximum stake of £100 can be placed every 20 seconds – allowing people to bet up to £18,000 an hour.
One option in the consultation is to lower the maximum stake. The lowest amount offered is £2. This would dramatically reduce the damage FOBTs can do.
It also covers other measures to protect gamblers from themselves. The consultation also engages with the need for greater protections for those who gamble online. This provides an opportunity to argue for a prohibition on allowing people to gamble online using borrowed money, via credit cards, and the need to require licensed gambling sites not to accept bets between midnight and 6pm.
The consultation document is here. The online form is straightforward and should only take a few minutes to complete. Click here for tips from CARE and Christian Institute. The consultation closes at midday on 23 January 2018. Please respond online today.
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