Previous Inquiries – FOBTs

Assessing the Impact of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

On the 17th May 2018 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced that the stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals will be reduced to £2, a decision that the APPG very much welcomed. We are, however, deeply concerned to hear that implementation of this reduced stake may be delayed until 2020.

As a result the APPG has announced that it would hold an inquiry into implementation and the issues which may arise from a delay in implementing a £2 stake.

Please see below for the sessions of this inquiry.

Wednesday 12th September – Update from key stakeholders on the impact of a delayed implementation date

Impact on Gambling Industry

Phil Horne, Chief Executive Officer of SG Gaming
Steve Collett, Chief Product Officer at Inspired Entertainment
Impact on Economy and society

Oliver Hogan, Chief Economist, Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)
Howard Reed, Founder of Landman Economics
James Noyes, Associate at ResPublica, previously head of Policy and Strategy
George Anstey, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting
Impact on Communities

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Local Government Association
Martin Kettle, Policy Adviser to the Church of England
Wednesday 5th September – Update from Government on Gambling Review

Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage
Tuesday 17th July – Impact on Communities

Councillor Anita Lower, Local Government Association
Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz, Newham Borough Council
Tuesday 17th July – Impact on people and families

Josephine Holloway
Liz Ritchie
Terry White

This inquiry has now concluded. Click here to download a copy of the APPG’s findings.

FOBT APPG – Evidence Inquiry for DCMS consultation response

On the 31st October 2017 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport launched a consultation to examine the stakes and prizes of B2 Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, amongst other issues relating to gaming machines and social responsibility measures.

As part of the All-Party Group’s submission to the consultation the FOBT APPG launched an inquiry to engage with the evidence that had emerged since the publishing of the APPG’s report: Fixed Odds Betting – Assessing the Impact on 31st January 2017.

Please see below for the sessions of this inquiry.

Tuesday 21st November – Local Government & Society

  • Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham Council
  • Cllr Morris Bright, Local Government Association
  • Edward Davies, Centre for Social Justice

Wednesday 13th December – Academia and Think Tank

  • University of South Wales
  • Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Respublica

Wednesday 10th January – Research and Faith Group representation

  • Senet Group
  • Cebr
  • Church of England

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals- Assessing the Impact

As part of the APPG’s work to raise its arguments with the Government on the impact of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and the neccessity of a cut to the maximum stake for these machines the APPG conducted a number of inquiry sessions, which ultimately contributed to the publication of the “Fixed Odds Betting Terminals- Assessing the Impact” report. Please see below for the sessions of this inquiry.

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 10am

  • Assessing the Impact people who have gambled
    • Previous FOBT Gamblers
    • Derek Webb, The Campaign for Fairer Gambling

Wednesday 14th September, 2pm

  • Assessing the Impact on Local Communities
    • Sir Robin Wales, Newham Council
    • Councillor Anita Lower, Local Government Association

Thursday 13th October 2016, 10.30am

  • Assessing the Impact on the Vulnerable
    • Martin Kettle, Church of England
    • Dan Boucher, CARE
    • Helena Chambers, Quaker Action
    • Dirk Hanson, GamCare

Tuesday 1st November, 10.30am

  • Assessing the Impact on the Wider Gambling Industry
    • John White, Chief Executive, Bacta
    • Jason Frost, President, Bacta
    • Tracey Damestani, Chief Executive of National Casino Forum
    • Dennis Dowling, Member, National Casino Forum
    • Simon Thomas, CEO, Hippodrome Casino
    • Fintan Drury, Former Chairman, Paddy Power

Wednesday 16th November, 2.30pm

  • Assessing the Impact – The Policy and Regulatory Landscape
    • Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport Tourism and Heritage, The Department of Culture Media and Sport
    • Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive, Gambling Commission

Tuesday 29th November, 10am

  • Assessing the Impact – The Research Agenda
    • Kate Lampard, Chair, Gamble Aware
    • Marc Etches, Chief Executive, Gamble Aware
    • Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair, Responsible Gambling Strategy Board
  • Assessing the Impact – Experience from working with Bookmakers
    • Bill Bennett
    • Barry Phillips

Tuesday 6th December, 10.30am

  • Assessing the Impact – Academic Research
    • Stephen Sharman – University of Lincoln
    • Dr Sean Cowlishaw – University of Bristol
    • Dr Simon Dymond  – Swansea University
    • Prof Jim Orford – University of Birmingham
    • Peter Collins – University of Cape Town
    • Shannon Hanrahan, The Outcomes Group


Wednesday 11th January, 10.30am

  • Testimony from the Bookmakers
    • BetFred (invited)
    • William Hill (invited)
    • Ladbrokes Coral (invited)
    • Paddy Power (invited)