FOBT stake cut delay until 2020 is unacceptable

The long sought-after cut on the maximum stake on FOBT’s will not be implemented until April 2020.

This follows reports of a backroom deal between the treasury and bookmakers.

This has angered trade association BACTA (British Amusement and Catering Trades Association).

They feel, along with all machine operators, that a period of 2 years is far too long to make a simple technical change on these machines and in the meantime FOBT’s will continue to harm people.

The cut on the maximum stake on FOBT’s from £100 to £2 was first announced on the 17th May 2018.