The British Beer & Pub Association has welcomed today’s decision to raise the prize limit for ‘Category C’ or ‘fruit’ machines to £100. The BBPA, which has led calls for the change, says it is a welcome boost for the pub trade, with the increase (from the current top prize of £70) ensuring that machines remain an important revenue stream for pubs.
The BBPA has also welcomed moves to reintroduce the regular triennial review system, which was in place before the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 to allow for prizes to be reviewed and adjusted on a more regular basis. The next review will now take place before the end of 2016.
BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments: “We have pushed hard for this increase, so it is very welcome. It protects machine income, helps pubs and allows for innovation and investment in what is a very British industry. It is another example of a positive policy from the Government to support pubs, after the historic cut in beer duty earlier in the year.”
“The BBPA has enhanced its Category C Machines Responsible Practice code for pub operators. We also look forward to working with the Government and Gambling Commission to ensure staff are trained, machines are supervised and that they incorporate social responsibility messaging.”
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The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own half of Britain’s 49,500 pubs.
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