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Support for bringing gaming machines into ‘modern age’

UKHospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association have jointly supported proposals to allow cashless payments on gaming machines.

In a joint response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the trade bodies also highlighted the importance of sensible and proportionate safeguards being included to protect players.

Joint statement

Together, the trade bodies said: “We are pleased that the Government is reviewing the regulations for machines in our sector. Amusement machines have long been a fixture in pubs, enjoyed by customers and valued as a revenue stream for operators.

We support the proposals to bring the regulations into the modern age by allowing cashless payments in a proportionate way that includes important safeguards, in particular the exclusion of credit cards.

“These changes would be significant for pub – and other leisure – operators to future-proof this part of their business and, as a sector, we’re keen to continue working with DCMS on implementing these proposals, and developing proportionate safeguards alongside this.”