“I am delighted with today’s announcement that the stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals will be reduced to £2.
This is something I, and others, have long campaigned for. FOBTs have caused so much social harm and huge losses for those who can least afford it. Last year there were more than 230,000 individual sessions in which a user lost more than £1,000. These machines have increased the risk of problem gambling which carries a huge social and economic cost.
This was morally the right decision to make and it is victory for all those people whose lives have for far too long been blighted by these toxic machines.”