Cutting the stakes isn’t good enough, considering the harm FOBTs do to communities. But I fear the bookmakers will get their way
When I first moved to the capital in 2010, I worked in Newham, in east London. It looked similar to the places I’d grown up and where I lived while at university, but for one difference: the number of betting shops seemed obscene. I’d pop into one occasionally, and notice that far more people were settled in for a long stretch on machines than were approaching the counter.
What are FOBTs?
The argument that banning them will cause huge losses and prevent money entering the economy is a falsehood