Saturday 7 July 2018 / 12:01 AM Gambling / Tom Watson

Tom Watson responds to LGA’s call to avoid delays in cuts to FOBT stakes

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, responding to the LGA’s call for the Government to avoid delays in planned cuts to FOBT stakes, said:

“This cynical move by the Government serves nobody but the bookies. Whilst the Government delays this meaningful and important reform, the bookies stand to make nearly £4 billion from those who can least afford gambling losses.

“Any delay of the promised reforms to bring stakes down on FOBTs to £2 will simply heap more misery on those individuals affected by gambling addiction, their families and their communities.

“The Government must deliver on its promises and cut these stakes now.”