A review into the policy of the UK government towards fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has proposed a number of restrictions and new controls on machine usage as part of a cautionary approach to tackling the issue of player protection.

The publication of the review has coincided with further policy reviews being conducted by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and UK Gambling Commission.

Conducted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and led by Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities Helen Grant, the review picks out four key areas to address. It concentrates on; planning and localism, dealing with the number of bookmakers on UK high streets; player protection; gambling advertising; and education.

"We want there to be a gambling sector that is vibrant and responsible," said Grant. "The government wants to make sure the industry is putting player protection and social responsibility at the heart of their businesses.”

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