22 December 2015
Government will be forced to negotiate with the Local Government Association on FOBT maximum stake
For the first time since the Sustainable Communities Act (SCA) became law, the government is being made to negotiate and “try to reach agreement” with the Local Government Association (LGA).
Originally submitted by Newham Council, the initial proposal fought to get the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals reduced from £100 to £2 a spin. The proposal was submitted on behalf of 93 local authorities crowning it the best ever supported initiative under the SCA.
Despite its record levels of support, Newham Council’s initial submission was originally rejected by the government.
Currently in Newham there are a whopping 18 betting shops on one single street. Newham Council believe that the root cause of the bet shop cluster epidemic lies in the high staking capacity of FOBTs, an issue which they believe must be addressed.
We look forward to constructive negotiation between both the LGA and the government and hope it acts in good faith, takes an evidence based position and doesn’t allow bookmakers’ lobbying to influence the process.