Petition: Reduce the Maximum Stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2

The Government has finally announced a Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures. Now this review has been announced, Theresa May must take immediate action to tackle the scourge of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. 

These electronic gaming machines are found in betting shops all around the UK, and have become a huge problem in many communities. They are addictive and punters can gamble a £100 every 20 seconds.

Labour is campaigning to reduce the maximum stake on these machines from £100, to £2. If you want to back our campaign, you can sign our petition here

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Since I wrote about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals last week, lots of people have been in touch to tell me about their experiences.

One man told me he had a good job, an education - he didn't see himself as the kind of person you'd expect to find in betting shops. But he got sucked in by these machines, and ended up addicted. Digging into his life savings, and making his family's life hell.

Another told me he had worked in a high street betting shop himself. How he saw grown men cry, threaten suicide. All because they were hooked on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. It's little wonder campaigners call them the "Crack Cocaine" of the betting world.

Now this review has been announced. The Government must take action and reduce the maximum stake on these machines to £2. They don't even need to introduce primary legislation to make this happen - they can change this now.

Of course, this change wouldn't be popular with the gaming industry. Figures released by the Gambling Commission show a massive £1.7bn was gambled away on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in the UK last year.

But if Theresa May is serious about breaking with the Tory tradition of putting profits before people - she must take action, now. Tell the Tories to reduce the maximum stake from £100 to £2. Sign our petition here

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