Chancellor Philip Hammond’s U-turn on a £2 bets cap on high stakes gaming machines will save 120 lives.
Former sports minister Tracey Crouch said, on average, one person hooked on fixed-odds betting terminals takes their life each working day.
In the Budget last month, Mr Hammond postponed a crackdown until next October.
Last week he brought it forward to April after protests.
Ms Crouch, who had quit as a minister over the hold-up, said There was never any excuse for delay. Bringing forward by six months the day maximum stakes are capped will save an estimated 120 lives.
She congratulated our sister paper the Sunday People for its crusade to end the scandal of vulnerable punters losing up to £100 every 20 seconds.
Ms Crouch said Featuring the stories of those who were damaged by fixed-odds betting terminals made a big difference.
Liz Ritchie – whose son Jack’s death led to Tracey Crouch quitting as a sports minister – has hailed MPs who backed her campaign against fixed-odds betting terminals.
Ms Crouch resigned in protest at delays on a stakes cap after hearing how Liz Ritchie’s gambling addict son Jack, 24, took his own life last November.
Liz, 62, of the charity Gambling With Lives, said We’ve had cross-party support, some big-hitters. They have been magnificent. This is politics at its best.
But she added It is worth noting Tracey had to resign, that was poor.
Clearly she wasn’t supported by those at the top, the Chancellor or the Prime Minister. Now we will have to see if they do the job properly.
It is worth noting that Tracey had to resign, that was poor. Clearly she wasn’t supported by those at the top, the Chancellor or the Prime Minister. Now we will have to see if they do the job properly.
He son Jack killed himself last November after moving to Vietnam to teach English.
Liz and husband Charles, 64, believe their son was groomed by the gambling industry
He started betting on the fixed-odds machines, known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, where players can lose up to £100 every 20 seconds.
At his worst he was losing £1,000-a-month, although his mum said that was only for a short period of time.
Speaking about the death of her son she said It’s the worst thing that could ever happen. He knew how loved he was and how his family wanted to help him. We didn’t care about the money, but they get to the stage where they think the world would be better off without them.
The family believe Jack was targeted by the firms online which led him to start gambling again after months of not gambling.
There are adverts, emails, offers, all encouraging people to gamble. These firms have all the information they need to target these young men.
The online gambling and online casinos are just as dangerous as fixed-odds machines
The Chancellor said he responded to lobbying from the gambling industry saying they needed to safeguard their shareholders.
They they traded people’s lives for profits. Thankfully the response has been magnificent and they did change that decision.
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