Thank you for contacting me about fixed-odds betting machines and gambling advertising. I have contacted the relevant department within government and have received this response;
“The Government understands the public concerns around fixed odds betting terminals and wants to see a responsible gambling industry which protects players. The Government has already put in place a number of measures around FOBTs, for example, in 2015 Government took action to introduce a new requirement that those accessing higher stakes (over £50) on these gaming machines must load cash via staff interaction or use account-based play.
However, Ministers recognise further action might be necessary to strike the right balance between enabling people to bet responsibly and ensuring consumers and communities are protected. In October, the Government launched a review into gaming machines and social responsibility, which is looking closely at FOBTs and specific concerns about the harm they cause, be that to the players themselves or the local communities which they are located. The call for evidence closed at the beginning of December and the Government will now review the evidence to assist in its decisions”.