Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement today that the £2 maximum stake for Fixed-Odds-Betting-Terminals will not be implemented until October 2019, former Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Lord Foster said:

"We know with absolute certainty that this delay will see yet more lives ruined by these highly addictive machines. 

"Communities up and down the country see the damage that can be done when hundreds of pounds can be lost in minutes if not seconds, day after day.  

"Families will be despairing tonight that a problem gambler that they care about faces another full year of living captive to these machines until the Government step-in and do the right thing."

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