Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Liberal Democrats: Working To Solve Labours Gambling Problem

Liberal Democrats recognise there is a problem with Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) which needs to be cleared up. FOBTs were introduced after the then Labour Government relaxed the gambling regulations.

Liberal Democrats in Government are clearing up a situation put in place by the Labour Government. A Government backed review has been commissioned and is currently under way and will report in Spring of this year.

It is important to wait for the conclusion of this review before making changes.

Background

Liberal Democrats believe local councils should have increased powers to tackle the growing problem of clusters of Betting Shops opening on our High Streets.

The nature of Betting Shops has changed in recent years with the induction of high stake and high prize gaming machines. These “B2” machines have been described by some as the “crack cocaine” of gambling.

Combined with an increased number of Betting Shops, there are growing concerns about the impact on communities especially when there are several in the area. Yet councils feel quite powerless to address the problem.