Last Thursday in Parliament (3rd Nov), Susan Elan Jones MP called on the Government to do more to tackle problem gambling by bringing in tougher regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).
The Fixed Odds Betting Terminal is commonly seen to be the one of the most addictive forms of gambling – with players being able to lose hundreds of pounds in a matter of minutes. There are around 35,000 FOBTs across the UK which bring in a total revenue of £1.7 Billion per year for bookmakers. Research has shown that they are more likely to be situated in poorer communities.
Citing evidence from the Responsible Gambling Trust that 37% of players of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals exhibited signs of problem gambling, Susan Elan Jones MP asked Department for Culture, Media and Sports Ministers to do more to protect vulnerable people.