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Further FOBT delay announced

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Further FOBT delay announced 2nd November 2018

The Government has announced a further delay to the changes to Fixed Odd Betting Terminals.

It has been announced that the implementation of plans to lower the maximum stakes charged by FOBTs will be delayed further.  Chancellor Philip Hammond said in the recent Autumn Budget that the cut in stakes from £100 to £2 would come into force in October 2019.

The Government said that the delay is to give the gambling industry more time to adjust to the changes.

The delay has resulted in the Sports minister Tracey Crouch MP resigning saying: "Unfortunately, implementation of these changes are now being delayed until October 2019 due to commitments made by others to those with registered interests.

"From the time of the announcement to reduce stakes and its implementation, over £1.6bn will be lost on these machines.

"In addition, two people will tragically take their lives every day due to gambling-related problems and, for that reason as much as any other, I believe this delay is unjustifiable."

The government says co-ordinating the date of the two changes would mean the government would not be hit by a fall in tax revenue.

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