Last weekend saw further reports from ‘Whitehall sources’ that the maximum stake on FOBTs will be set a £2, with predictions that an announcement will come as early as 10 May.
Since the start of the year there has been mixed messages from the media’s inside sources, however more recently the direction of travel has all been heading towards the same outcome.
“We are going for the £2 option,” a Whitehall source told The Sunday People. “No question about it.”
The Mirror’s Sunday paper added that it has “learned that Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has made the decision to go for the lowest stake possible, ignoring proposals from the Gambling Commission to allow £30 bets”.
Labour MP Carolyn Harris said: “This is fantastic news. I’ve seen the devastating impact these machines can have, and the blight they cause to communities.”