Fixed Odd Betting Terminals

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0135
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

"The economic downturn and 'austerity  measures' have coincided with a rise in bookmakers on London's High Streets, who are leeching money from Londoners, many of whom are surviving on low incomes. The sheer volume of these establishments and the nature of their business make them partially responsible for exacerbating poverty for many Londoners. What representations have you made, if any, to Government for changes in planning law in order to a) limit the number of bookmakers on any one High Street and b) restrict their activities, for example by imposing a maximum bet per spin of £2 on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals?"

Answer

Answer for Fixed Odd Betting Terminals

Answer for Fixed Odd Betting Terminals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

With regard to bookmakers I wrote to Government last year supporting their proposals to change the planning Use Classes Order to enable local planning authorities to control the clustering of these uses in high streets more effectively. We await the outcome of this consultation.

With regard to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals I wrote to Government in 2014 raising concerns about the potential harm associated with category B2 FOBTs. I urged Government to adopt a precautionary stance when considering the maximum stakes available on this category of machine. I also supported calls from local authorities, charities and faith and community groups to limit the stake on these machines.