Nicky Morgan says decision to delay cut in maximum stakes could
cost 300 extra lives
The chancellor is prioritising jobs in the gambling industry
over the lives of
addicts by delaying a cut in maximum stakes on
fixed-odds betting terminals, the chair of an influential
committee of MPs has said.
Treasury committee chair Nicky Morgan criticised the decision to
put off the stake reduction until October next year, citing a
warning from former sports minister Tracey Crouch – who
resigned over the delay last week – that two people take
their lives every day due to gambling addiction. “It is the case
that the government has prioritised the preservation of jobs in the
gambling industry over the addiction of those who suffer from these
machines,” she said.
Source: FS – All-News2-Economy
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