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One in four voters want to curb £100-a-spin slot machines and half want a total ban Campaigners want a £2 limit introduced on slot machines to curb addiction Fixed Odds Betting Terminals described as 'the crack cocaine of gambling' Prime Minister
Alex Segre/Alamy Downing Street is poised to announce a crackdown on high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines, with fresh penalties for bookmakers if they fail to enforce new limits on playing times and betting losses, the Guardian has learned.
20:00 EST, 4 April 2014 8 View comments Councils are to get new powers to stop betting shops blighting high streets. Measures being drawn up by ministers will mean local authorities effectively being able to cap the number of bookmakers opening up,
Labour is to force a vote in Parliament on its plans to give councils the power to ban high-stakes roulette machines from bookmakers' shops...He has vowed to amend planning laws in England, Scotland and Wales to curb their growth if Labour regains
11 December 2013 5 shares 0 View comments Betting shop managers are being told their wages are to be directly linked to how much cash punters pour in to a new generation of high stakes gaming machines branded a social cancer'...Critics of the
Nick Clegg was yesterday accused of a betrayal on gambling reminiscent of his U-turn on tuition fees as Liberal Democrats refused to act to curb fixed odds betting machines. The Deputy Prime Minister had posed for pictures in March alongside
The letter to the Ladbrokes firm from planning minister Nick Boles assured its executives that local authorities will not be allowed to use planning rules to stop the expansion of chains or block the development of clusters of shops...Possibilities
7 November 2013 1 View comments A council has demanded a ban on electronic betting machines dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling because of the growing problem of addiction. Fixed-odds betting terminals allow punters to use debit cards and gamble up
The Lib Dems are to consider giving councils powers to stop betting shops opening in areas where there are a "proliferation" of existing outlets...Councils should be able to consider the "cumulative impact" of stores before deciding individual
4 August 2012 The extent of Britain's addiction to controversial casino-style gambling machines is revealed today with the disclosure by two bookmaker giants that more than 12billion was wagered on their machines in the first half of this year...