A while back, there is a change. This change is with the maximum stakes for play on a fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) was approved in the UK. The new legislation called for maximum bets of 100 pounds to be reduced to just two pounds. This radical change in policy sparkes more than a few heated debates. These debates are between interested parties on both sides on this issue. However, The Government approves.
Sports Minister Terry Crouch decides to step down from her position. Ultimately, this is in protest of the current delay in putting this new law into motion. Furthermore, She refers to the delay as an “unjustifiable refusal”. According to our sources, this has to do with t speeding up plans to put these highly controversial plans in place.
Crouch is a key figure in initiating the official review. Furthermore, this review concludes that FOBT stakes should be dramatically slashed to the proposed two pound limit. When the chancellor made the announcement that the change would not go into effect until October of next year as part of the budget process, she decided to resign her position. The Conservative MP lobbied for a target date as close as possible to the actual decision in April of this year.
She penned a letter to the prime minister in which she stated that the cut in stakes was being delayed “due to commitments made by others to those with registered interests.” This comment appears to be aimed at other MP’s with close ties to the betting industry such as Net Entertainment who are trying to delay the change for as long as possible.
As quoted in her letter, she stated “From the time the announcement to reduce stakes and its implementation, one billion pounds will be lost on these machines, a significant amount of which will be in our most deprived areas, including my own constituency. In addition, two people will tragically take their lives every day due to gambling-related problems and for that reason as much as any other I believe this delay is unjustifiable.”
Crouch makes an addition.
She says “ministers must adhere to collective responsibility”. Furthermore, they go onto say they cannot disagree with a policy. Prime Minister Theresa May counters her claims. She replies in writing. Furthermore, she says the government “listened to those that wanted it to come into effect earlier than April 2020 and have agreed that changes should be in place within the year.”. October, 2019 was considered to be the latest time frame to have the new betting limits active in all FOBT machines.
Moreover, it appears that Jeremy Wright has to do with this conflict. Furthermore, you can trace it to clash between Crouch and Jeremy Wright. Ultimately, they identify him as the minister for the department for digital, culture. Aso. media and sport (DCMA) culture. It seems Crouch tries taking a hard line on a start-up date sometime in April.
Sports minister resigns over delay to gambling curb , The Guardian,1 Nov 2018.