The real money gambling industry has its fair share of critics from just about every state in the United States and all across the world where real money gambling takes place. Problem gambling clearly ruins lives by draining the means that families have to live on. Some of the criticism is legitimate and some of the criticism crosses the line between someone’s private opinion getting tangled up in public matters.
In a recent post on www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk, a local Merton councilor outside the vicinity of London voiced his opinion in relation to slot machine games that are played on fixed odds betting terminals. Cllr Stephen Alambritis has publicly stated that fixed odds betting terminals encourage people to gamble more given the nature of these slot machine games. Quoted directly, he said, “What we are supportive of is the end of fixed odds terminals.”
Why Is The Local UK Council Leader Speaking Out Against Slot Machines
Going a bit deeper into his rational for such a hard stance he added, “In the old days the betting shop would open at 12 or 2 p.m. when the horse racing started. Now they have these machines which you can plough a lot of money into. It encourages betting from morning to the night.”
Earlier this year in the month of May, the government announced that the maximum bet on these slot machine games would be reduced from 100 pounds to just two pounds. Cllr Alambritis was totally in favor of this move and he added in this post, “We support restricting the amount you can put in. Not just in Wimbledon, but throughout London and throughout the country.”
Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005
The Local Guardian post notes that on Oct. 10 the Merton Council addressed the recent results from a public comments on that matter that took place between the end of June through the middle of September. The main topic of conversation was the public’s opinion on the Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005. Also included in the discussion were ward councilors.
The Statement of Principles as described in the13-year old Gambling Act are the primary documents that have been used to govern the Merton Council’s official policy on gambling. This includes slot machine games played on the fixed odds betting terminals. Any significant feedback could be taken as a sign that these policies do need to be adjusted in some manner or form.
A total of four responses were received during the designated public comment period this summer. Two were from local residents and one was from Gamcare, as a national organization for people with gambling problems. The final comment came from Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh.
Mrs. McDonagh’s direct quote on the matter read as follows, “I believe the majority of these companies do not deem themselves to be responsible for the antisocial behaviour and street drinking being caused outside of their stores and so it is left to the residents, police and council to pick up the pieces. I believe that these stores are attractive to many due to the fixed odds betting terminals.”