In February, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) became the latest organisational body to back the growing campaign by joining the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).
Joining the FOBT APPG as an Associate Member, Paul Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, said: "The issue of FOBTs has been a concern for our members for some time now. The normal rules of regulation just don't seem to apply to these high stakes, high-speed machines. We are conscious of the concerns MPs have raised about the problems FOBTs are causing and want to work constructively with them to find a solution."
The story was picked up on InterGame Online and the Coin-Op Community website, as well as being the topic of discussion for one of our own Politics Home Central Lobby articles.
In March, coming a year after they called for a reduction on the maximum FOBT stakes, the Royal Society of Public Health became yet another supporter of the APPG on FOBTs.
Writing on their website , the RSPH expressed that gambling on FOBTs is fuelling financial problems, something they believe is damaging to the health and wellbeing on FOBT addicts and is responsible for poor mental health and an increased risk of suicide or the breakdown of personal relationships.
Also in February, at their General Synod, the Church of England's national body unanimously passed a motion on the government to cut the maximum stakes of FOBTs from £100 to £2. Stating that the government needed to act as a 'matter of urgency', the body explained how the machines "feed off poverty, exacerbate it, often plunging people into unmanageable debt, bringing misery not just to the gamblers but to their families, and especially their children."
This story received wide coverage, being up by the Daily Express, The Times and ThisIsMoney.co.uk to name but a few.
Since then, the Church of England has been vocal on the latest breaking news in the fight against FOBTs, adding to the noise of politicians, campaigners, organisational bodies and those whose lives have been affected by problem gambling.