Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead Sir Mike Penning has welcomed the Government’s announcement that the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is to be reduced to £2.
But insists there is still more that can be done to help people with gambling addictions.
Sir Mike MP has received a great deal of correspondence from people wanting to help loved ones with gambling problems and he believes that, while this is a positive step forward, there is still more that can be done.
He said: “This is a great step forward and I am very pleased that this measure has been introduced. I receive many emails from people who have a relative addicted to gambling.
“Gambling addiction causes misery for the whole family and is a hidden problem in today’s society and must be tackled.
“I urge the government to go further and tackle the use of credit cards for online gambling and stop the constant barrage of popup and radio adverts offering free bets.
“For someone who wants to conquer their addiction, these ads are too much of a temptation. The gaming industry must behave more responsibly.”
Sir Mike MP recently tabled a series of motions in Parliament aimed at tackling the issue.
The three Early Day Motions call on the Government to put an end to ATM cash machines in casinos, prohibit the use of credit cards for online betting and prohibit print, pop-up and radio adverts offering free bets.