Urgent reform of our gambling laws is needed. Our current legislation is outdated and analogue - we need a new Gambling Act, fit for the digital age.

  • 1
    There should be stake limits for online gambling to create parity with land-based venues - including a £2 stake on harmful slot content.
  • 2
    Affordability checks (with a soft cap of £100) are urgently needed and should be overseen by a Gambling Ombudsman.
  • 3
    VIP schemes and harmful incentives must be banned.
  • 4
    There should be a clear duty of care on operators to protect consumers from harm.
  • 5
    A “smart”, mandatory levy should be applied to operators to fund safer gambling initiatives and research.
  • 6
    There should be a ban on all advertising in sport, on direct marketing and on inducements. Stronger advertising restrictions on broadcast, online, streaming and social media advertising should be brought in to limit the exposure of children to gambling.
  • 7
    The Gambling Commission is not fit for purpose - its capacity to regulate online gambling must be urgently reviewed and the Government must commit further flexible funding for the Commission, with rigorous spending oversight.
  • 8
    A Gambling Ombudsman must be set up to protect consumers.

APPG’s Submission to the Gambling Review

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will use responses to the Call for Evidence phase of the Review to inform any legislative proposals put forward to reform, or even replace, the current Gambling Act 2005.

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Minutes from latest meeting of FOBT APPG

April 25, 2017
Please click here to download a copy of the minutes from the FOBT APPG meeting on the 29th March 2017. If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the Group Secretariat.

Press Release: FOBT APPG Publishes Inquiry Report

January 31, 2017
MPs Launch Parliamentary Report into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals Report finds there is a ’prima facie’ case for significant stake reduction on FOBTs The Fixed Odds Betting Terminal APPG will today launch the findings of their six month Inquiry “Fixed Odds Betting Assessing the Impact” which has taken in-depth evidence into the impact of FOBT […]

Press Release: FOBT APPG Interim Report

December 8, 2016
The Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group is today publishing its interim findings from its inquiry into FOBTs. These are the interim findings of the Group which have been submitted to the Department for Culture Media and Sport as part of its Call for Evidence into gaming machines. A full report setting out […]

Press Release: FOBT APPG Chair welcomes Government Review of Gaming Machines

October 24, 2016
Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group Government Review on Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures Press Release Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), today welcomes the Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, which includes […]