SNP MSP DEMANDS TOUGHER UK GOVERNMENT ACTION ON FOBTS

SNP MSP DEMANDS TOUGHER UK GOVERNMENT ACTION ON FOBTS

OVER £94,425,265 LOST ON GAMBLING MACHINES IN GLASGOW SINCE 2008

SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart has called on the UK government to take tougher action to tackle the scourge of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in our local communities – after figures from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling revealed that over £94,425,265 had been lost on the gambling machines since 2008 across Glasgow.

Over £1 billion has been lost on the machines, known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, since 2008 across Scotland – with £34,844,042 in Glasgow in 2015/16 alone.

The figures have led to calls from SNP MSP James Dornan for the UK government to take action to tackle FOBTs, which remains reserved to Westminster – including by reducing the numbers allowed in betting shops, limiting the stakes that can be bet, reducing the time that can be spent on the machines, and also taking action to ban the machines altogether if people continue to lose out.

Commenting, SNP MSP James Dornan Glasgow Cathcart said:

“These are incredibly concerning figures – and show that the Tory government cannot continue to ignore this issue that is having such a negative impact on our communities.

“People across Glasgow have lost out to the tune of £94,425,265 since 2008 – and £34,844,042 in 2015/16 alone. This is a huge problem – and the UK government need to get serious about tackling it.

“FOBTs are so addictive they’re known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – and it is no wonder given how much people have lost out from using these toxic machines.

“The UK government must take action to stop people losing out even more – by reducing the number of machines allowed in bookmakers, limiting the stakes that can be bet, reducing the amount of time that can be spent on the machines, and taking action to ban the machines altogether if people continue to lose out.

“The Tories have dug their heels on this issue for long enough – it is time for them to take action to help people across Glasgow.”

ENDS

Notes:

Glasgow City

Estimated gross gambling yield [amount lost by FOBT gamblers], 2015-16: £34,844,042

Cumulative estimated gross gambling yield [amount lost by FOBT gamblers], 2008-16: £236,063,162 Cumulative estimated gross gambling yield [amount lost by problem gamblers], 2008-16: £94,425,265

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