Date lodged: 24 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in light of recent figures suggesting that, across the UK, gamblers have lost £11 billion on fixed-odds betting terminals since 2008.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 1 June 2017
The rules governing the use of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals remain largely reserved to the UK Government. The Scotland Act 2016 includes only a limited power that would allow Scottish Ministers to set the maximum number of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in new betting shops only.
We have taken action using Scottish Planning legislation. Provisions that came into effect in February take into account concerns over the number and clustering of betting shops. Anyone intending to change the use of premises to a betting shop is now likely to have to apply to their local planning authority for permission.