Kate has criticised the government’s failure to bring down the maximum allowed stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2.
Labour MPs have been campaigning for many years to tighten control on FOBTs gaming machines which have been described as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ and have caused huge damage to families and communities across the country.
FOBTs machines allow users to gamble up to £100 every 20 seconds, which can lead to huge losses, wider societal issues and family breakdown.
Figures compiled for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling estimate that there are 69 FOBTS in Stretford and Urmston alone, with local residents losing £2,820,232 between 2015 and 2016, and a total of £19,106,675 between 2008 and 2016.
Following a much delayed review, and sustained pressure from the Labour Party and gambling campaigners, the government has announced a further consultation on the maximum stake allowed on FOBTs, rather than take firm action to curb these addictive machines.
Kate said: “This is a disappointing move from the government, who appear deaf to the concerns raised by campaigners and others who have been telling the government for years that they must do something about these highly addictive machines.
“Families across the country have been devastated by the effects of gambling addiction which is too often accompanied by theft and drug and alcohol abuse.
“Reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £2 will make our community safer and better off and it’s now up to the government to reconsider its approach and take firm action now”.