Carolyn Harris calls out inaction over remote gambling harm

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On Wednesday Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Carolyn Harris MP demanded online gambling operators address their failure to act on the harm caused by online gambling. In an evidence of session of the group's online gambling inquiry, the group heard from the representative organisation for the online gambling industry, the Remote Gambling Association. Harris, along with Iain Duncan Smith MP...

Government bring forward FOBT reduced stake implementation to April 2019

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The Government has announced that the implementation date on the reduced maximum stake of £2 on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), will be brought forward to April 2019. This follows an extensive campaign by the FOBT APPG, led by Iain Duncan Smith MP, Carolyn Harris MP and Ronnie Cowan MP, to bring forward the date from October 2019 as announced...

Bacta join forces with C of E at APPG Impact Event

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Bacta joined forces with a broad range of stakeholders and individuals including the Church of England, The Royal Society for Public Health, numerous local authorities, gambling addicts, reformed addicts and representatives from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons in an unequivocal show of support for a reduction in the maximum FOBT stake to £2.   The All Party...

Visitor Economy APPG inquiry to launch

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy is set to launch an enquiry into the impact of digital economy advancements on the land based tourism sector.   The group, which has the BHA acting as secretariat, will start its inquiry in October, following the summer recess period. The action will take evidence from a range of noted experts on the impact...

Political pressure increases to cut FOBT stake

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The APPG has released a number of photos taken with MPs to raise awareness for the ‘Cut the stake. Reduce FOBT harm’ campaign.   The Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), has staged a photo opportunity at Portcullis House with MPs drawn from across the political spectrum invited to show their support for the ‘Cut the stake....

Bookmakers capitalise on trivial APPG errors

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Bacta has argued that the ABB is twisting technical reporting errors out of proportion, in an attempt to distract the public and discredit MPs’ recommendation for cutting FOBT stakes to £2.   British bookmakers have attempted to exploit “tiny technical errors” made by a group of MPs, Bacta has said, in a “desperate” attempt to discredit their conclusions on FOBTs. The All-Party...

BALPPA joins growing parliamentary FOBT campaign

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Pier and leisure attractions trade group BALPPA has officially signed on as an association member of the FOBT APPG, which has recently become a lightning rod for the debate around B2 machines.   The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has become the latest organisation to back the growing campaign for action on FOBTs. BALPPA is the Trade Association...

Drop FOBT stakes to £2 says parliamentary report

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A group of politicians from across the political spectrum has published an interim report in its project to gather evidence on FOBTs, calling on the government to impose a maximum £2 stake on B2 machines.   The All Parliamentary Group on FOBTs has called for B2 stakes to be reduced to a maximum of £2. The announcement by the cross-party group,...

British Parliamentary Group to host international legislators in February

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Day’s programme to include visit to ICE Totally Gaming, international policy seminar, tour of a betting shop, bingo hall and London casino and reception at the Palace of Westminster. While authorised and regulated at the state level, gambling faces challenges and undergoes developments that transcend national boundaries. To facilitate the exchange on gambling policy and share best practice from around...