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Government announces FOBTs review

Please note that the Minister, Tracey Crouch, has just announced the call for evidence on the review of gaming machines and social responsibility with the below statement. The full consultation document is attached. The call for evidence period will close on 4 December 2016 but it is anticipated that the whole process will take up to 18 months. Bacta will be making a formal submission which will be signed off by National Council and we will keep members fully updated on proceedings.

Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures - Call for Evidence

'I wish to inform the House that on 24th October 2016, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published a terms of reference and a call for evidence for a review of gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the gambling industry.

The review will be considering robust evidence on the appropriate maximum stakes and prizes for gaming machines across all premises licensed under the Gambling Act 2005; the number and location of gaming machines across all licensed premises; and social responsibility measures to protect players from gambling-related harm

(including whether there is evidence on the impacts of gambling advertising and whether the right rules are in place to protect children and vulnerable people).

The review will include a close look at the issue of B2 gaming machines (more commonly known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals - FOBTs) and specific concerns about the harm they cause, be that to the player or the communities in which they are located.

In launching this review I want to ensure that legislation strikes the right balance between allowing the industry to grow and contribute to the economy whilst ensuring consumers and communities are protected, including those who are just about managing.

The call for evidence period will close on 4 December, following which Government will consider proposals based on robust evidence provided to assist in our decisions.'


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