Government's FOBT decision influenced by 'discredited' report

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Documents seen by the Guardian cast doubt on whether figures should ever have played part in policy

The government’s controversial decision not to cut stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2 until October 2019 was influenced by a “discredited” secret report commissioned by bookmakers, it has emerged.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, last week cited the need to mitigate job losses as a key factor in delaying the stake reduction, a decision that sparked outcry among campaigners and triggered the resignation of sports minister Tracey Crouch.

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