Government’s FOBT decision influenced by ‘discredited’ report

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Government’s FOBT decision influenced by ‘discredited’ report

‍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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