Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) has today (Tuesday) written to the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, Alex Neil MSP to seek a meeting to discuss future proposals on the proliferation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s) on the high street.
Mr McMillan has led the campaign for action to be taken on the machines, often described as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling,’ by holding a Members’ Debate in the Scottish Parliament and also writing to the UK Government on numerous occasions to ask for urgent changes to legislation.
Currently £100 can be gambled every 20 seconds on the machines, with campaigners calling for the maximum bet to be decreased to £2 per play.
Mr McMillan said;
“In the west of Scotland there is a growing problem with gambling and the increase in Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s) appearing on our high streets.
“As I’ve previously stated, the only on way to combat these machines is to reduce the maximum bet per play to £2 and to ensure the number of betting shops does not continue to grow exponentially.
“This is an important issue which we must address and ensure action is taking to control the number of payday lenders and betting shops in our communities.
“Therefore, I have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights to ask for a meeting to discuss the Scottish Government’s plans for addressing Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s).”