Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today to progress any new measures against the proliferation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.
The Scottish Parliament has gained its first law-making powers under the Scotland Act 2016. Holyrood can now legislate on new areas such as equal opportunities, abortion law, speed limits and gaming machines – and Mr McMillan has suggested that taking action against FOBTs will help to tackle inequality and create a fairer, more prosperous country.
Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Today, the Scottish Parliament has accrued additional powers from the Scotland Act 2016. One of these powers is that of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).
“I have campaigned on this issue for some time, led a debate in Parliament, raised questions in Parliament including at First Ministers Questions and as a result of my lobbying, was successful in this issue being included in the then Scotland Bill.
“Fixed Odds Betting Terminals blight communities across Scotland. At the moment £100 can be blown on a 20 second spin. It is little wonder that FOBTs have become known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.
“I have written to the First Minister to establish what actions the Scottish Government will be taking to reduce the proliferation of these machines in bookmakers’ facilities in our high streets.
“I appreciate that this new power is limited in scope, however I believe it can be a step in the right direction to assisting communities including my own constituency of Inverclyde.”