MP Gregg McClymont joined MSP Mark Griffin on a visit to a William Hill in Cumbernauld town centre to see what the company is doing to help people addicted to gambling,
The visit follows McClymont highlighting concerns which have been raised around fixed odds betting terminals. McClymont previously quizzed the gambling minister Hugh Robertson but was told that no action would be taken pending a review and consultation.
The casino-style slot machines are known as the “crack cocaine of gambling” because the high stakes and instant prizes make FOBTs highly addictive.
Figures released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling show that bookies have raked in £55 million from local punters in over 50 FOBTs across the constituency.
Gregg said:“At a time when concerns have been raised with me about gambling and the increased numbers of roulette machines, it was interesting to find out about the measures being put in place by betting shops like William Hill to tackle problem gambling.”