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Government calls for evidence on gaming machines

Gambling industry review will include a focus on stakes and prizes of gaming machines including Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.

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The government has launched a call for evidence on aspects of the gambling industry, that includes considering the maximum stakes and prizes for gaming machines, Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch announced today.

The move will include looking at Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and concerns about the harm they cause, be that to the player or the communities in which they are located. It will also look at other rules on gaming machines across the gambling industry.

Evidence will also be sought on measures to protect against gambling related harm including the impacts of gambling advertising and whether the right regulations are currently in place to protect children and vulnerable people.

Minister for Gambling Tracey Crouch said:

It is important that gambling regulations strike the right balance between allowing the industry to contribute to the economy and enable people to bet responsibly whilst ensuring consumers and communities are protected.

This review will gather evidence to fully assess current rules and protocols in the gambling sector and to help inform the government to make decisions on any necessary amendments to gambling regulation.

The call for evidence period begins immediately and will close on 4 December. Government will then consider proposals based on robust evidence.

Published 24 October 2016