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Gambling machine rules go ahead in April

Just in case you missed it, the maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals will be cut from next April after the government bowed to pressure. Ministers had been facing a parliamentary defeat, with several Tory MPs joining opposition politicians to table amendments to the finance bill.

The chancellor said in the Budget the maximum bet would be reduced from £100 to £2 from October. But that led to accusations of a delay - with charities minister Tracey Crouch resigning in protest.

Tom Watson MP, Labour's Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, said it had taken "the resignation of a good minister and a cross party revolt to achieve the blindingly obvious and necessary reforms to fixed-odds betting terminals". He added it was "a very good day for the many thousands of people whose families and communities are blighted by gambling addiction".

Mims Davies was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 5th November 2018.

Source: BBC