Mark Tami MP Pushes for Greater Training of Staff in Betting Shops.

During the opposition day debate in Parliament on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) Mark Tami MP for Alyn & Deeside pushed for the need for greater training of staff in betting shops so that they are better equipped to deal with problem gamblers.

Mark said after the debate, ‘Too often there is only one person working in a betting shop and often they are not properly equipped to deal with problem gamblers. This puts staff in a very vulnerable position as people can lose substantial sums of money in one go.’

The debate focused on the need for greater regulation of fixed odds betting machines which allow customers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds and research indicates that betting shops are clustering in areas of deprivation.

Mark added, ‘More needs to be done to tackle these machines and it is very disappointing that the Government parties are choosing not to regulate these machines or allow councils to determine how many FOBTs are in the local area.’