BALPPA Backs FOBT Campaign


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 representing owners, managers, suppliers and developers in the UK’s commercial leisure parks, piers, zoos, family entertainment centres (indoor play and soft play centres) and static visitor attractions sector. BALPPA speaks for some 300 members, and ultimately for many millions of customers every year.

BALPPA has joined the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group, which last month published a report calling for a stake reduction in the maximum amount that can be played on a FOBT to £2. With concern high among politicians, churches, campaign groups and other parts of the gambling and gaming industry, the pressure for Government to take action in the forthcoming Review of Stakes and Prizes is building.

Last week following his question to the Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch,  Alex Cunningham MP said: These machines are sucking money out of the pockets of the families who can least afford them. It is vital that the Minister looks carefully at how they compare to the way other machines are regulated. The regulations applied to FOBTs are totally inadequate and I hope the Minister considers reducing the stake to £2.”

Joining the FOBT APPG as an Associate Member, Paul Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, said: The issue of FOBTs has been a concern for our members for some time now. The normal rules of regulation just don’t seem to apply to these high stakes, high speed machines. We are conscious of the concerns MPs have raised about the problems FOBTs are causing and want to work constructively with them to find a solution.”

Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the FOBT APPG said: “I am delighted to welcome BALPPA as an Associate Member of the FOBT APPG. It is so important that Government takes action on these machines in their forthcoming Stakes and Prizes Review. We cannot put this off any longer, the time for action is now and BALPPA are joining hundreds of MPs, 93 local authorities, faith groups and campaign groups in calling for action on FOBTs.”

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……..and stuff-all will happen – HMG makes shedloads of tax income out of this stuff…..’they’ couldn’t care less about the mug punters……….

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18/02/2017, 17:36

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