Suzy Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, has backed Labour’s plan to give councils the
power to take decisions on the spread of betting shops and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).
Ed Miliband’s announcement recognises that betting shops are not a problem in all areas; Labour’s plans
will empower local people and local authorities to take local decisions in their area.
Labour’s proposals would put betting shops in a separate class so that councils can use planning powers
to control how many open in any one area. Labour would give councils the power to remove or limit the
number of FOBTs in betting shops.
Labour would also take the steps to reduce the potentially harmful
effects of FOBTs by increasing the time between plays, requiring pop-ups to break up continuous cycles of play.
Suzy Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, said: “Views on betting shops and Fixed Odds
Betting Terminals differ across the country. Whilst some areas have seen growth in the number of betting shops on their high streets others have not.
“A centrally dictated one-size-fits-all approach to this issue would not work; this is why I am backing Ed Miliband’s plans to empower local people to take decisions on betting shops and FOBTs in their local area.
“The time has come to let local people and local authorities decide if there is a need for more betting shops and FOBTs in their area.”
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