Changes to gambling which were introduced yesterday may not be fit for purpose – and there is no mechanism in place to judge their effect in any case!

FOBTs, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, from yesterday are only able to accept minimum bets of £2, instead of up to £100, but analysts are concerned that people who have a problem with gambling will simply switch to other forms of gambling, such as arcades and casinos, which are less restricted.  Slot machines are faster than FOBTs, and pay out less, so players can lose money just as quickly, even though the stakes are lower.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) were aware of the report, and the flaws that were pointed out in their plans.  They are also not monitoring the gambling industry, to find out the extent of behaviour-change in the people who gamble.

 

You can read the full article in the Independent.