Tuesday, 30 August 2016

FOBTs and why I raised a Point of Order before recess

On the penultimate day of Parliament, I raised the issue of Tory inaction over Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

Under the Sustainable Communities Act (SCA), local authorities and groups submit proposals which central government can then act upon. It enables communities to work together to effect change in their local areas.

But the Government failed to meet its obligations under the Act when Newham Council and 93 other councils submitted a proposal calling for local discretion to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £2. By failing to hold a consultation within the required time period, the Government ignored communities across the country; more specifically, it ignored councils which represent a total population of nearly 23,000,000 (43% of England’s population).