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When will the government tackle Fixed Odds Betting Terminals?

The results of the health survey show that problem gambling is on the rise

By Matt Zarb-Cousin & Derek Webb  

Photo: Britta Pedersen/DPA/PA Images

NatCen’s analysis of the 2015 Health Survey, published last week, showed the problem gambling rate at 430,000—up from 280,000 in 2012—with 2 million at risk of addiction. Both the Gambling Commission, conscious of implicating itself in this failure, and the bookmakers, described the rate as “static.” But such a dramatic increase in just three years should alarm us all, and the data are timely if they are to inform the government’s review into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) due in October.

FOBTs, located in…

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