A petition signed by more than 325,000 betting shop staff and customers from across the country was presented to No.10 Downing Street by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) last month.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he petition, collected as part of the recent ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign, calls on the government to support the industry by eschewing the regulation and tax hikes that have led to the closure of more than 300 shops in the past two years.
If the government continues to take the same approach, industry stakeholders fear that the number of shops forced to close will only accelerate.
Commenting on the petition, Malcom George, chief executive of the ABB, said government needed officials to recognise the valuable place of betting shops in local communities.
We hope politicians and the public will visit their local betting shop to see for themselves what a great community they are and talk to the staff and locals who enjoy valtrex their flutter at the bookies.
“Britain’s betting shops have been open for business on our high streets and in local communities since before The Beatles,” he said. “They have a long record of ensuring customers can bet safely and responsibly and it is vital that the work of staff and the voice of our six million customers are not ignored.
“We hope politicians and the public will visit their local betting shop to see for themselves what a great community they are and talk to the staff and locals who enjoy their flutter at the bookies.”
Vicky Knight, a Jennings Bet employee and signatory of the petition, said: “Bookies cater for millions of people who enjoy over-the-counter betting and gaming machines (FOBTs). If we lose either of these, we are finished. And, without bookies, there will be even more empty shops and fewer reasons for people to come into town.”