The implementation date on the reduced maximum stake of £2 on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, will be brought forward to April 2019.

Wednesday 14th November 2018

The Government has announced that the implementation date on the reduced maximum stake of £2 on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), will be brought forward to April 2019. This follows an extensive campaign by the FOBT APPG, led by Iain Duncan Smith MP, Carolyn Harris MP and Ronnie Cowan MP, to bring forward the date from October 2019 as announced in the budget, to April 2019.

Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group said:

“I am truly delighted that the Government has finally seen sense and moved the stake cut on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals forward to April 2019. As I, and many many others across all political parties having been saying, this is the right decision to have made. This change will help many vulnerable people and will benefit all our communities.”

Further information on the All Party Group can be found at www.fobt-appg.com

Notes to Editors

1.The Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) All Party Parliamentary Group has been created to provide a forum for discussion and further investigation into the impact of FOBTs in our communities. This group, powered by the passion of the members in both houses of Parliament on this issue, allows a coordinated effort among politicians of all political parties, to come together to discuss how best to address the issues that FOBTs are causing to our communities.

2.For more information, please contact Carolyn Harris MP, the Chair of the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group or the secretariat for the Group:

Katherine.morgan@interelgroup.com 07973884797

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