Commenting on the Government response to the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), commented: “The BBPA is disappointed that no changes have been made in particular to the stake for Category C machines – we had asked for an increase from £1 to £2 in the stake to allow innovation in the 50,000 machines in pubs for customers who enjoy playing these low stake and low prize machines. We understand however that the focus of this review was on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and will work with the Government to ensure that our Social Responsibility Codes are robust.
“There is a real need for a clearer focus on deregulation to reduce the burden on pubs. The costs to small business under the current regulations for gaming machines are too high. In the coming months we will encourage Government to look at some of these issues more closely. The bureaucratic requirements for regular notification to local authorities on the mix of machines and change of licensee are costly, archaic and in need of review.”