No 10 defends decision to delay reduction in FOBT maximum stake

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Labour and campaigners condemn delay, calling it immoral and exploitative

Downing Street has insisted the government will delay implementing a planned reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals, despite an outcry from MPs and gambling charities.

Ministers announced in May that the maximum stake on so-called FOBT machines would be slashed from £100 to £2, after pressure from campaigners. It had been expected this would be implemented in April next year.

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