Maximum stake on betting machines to be £2

The Government is to reduce the maximum permitted stake on fixed odds betting terminals – machines which simulate roulette and other games and which have been dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – to £2. Currently, users can bet £100 every 20 seconds. KPMG says a £2 limit will cut Treasury revenue by £1.1bn in three years.

Grenfell report will not recommend cladding ban

A review of building regulations prompted by the Grenfell Tower fire last year will be published today – and it does not recommend banning the flammable cladding which caused the disaster, in which 71 people died. Author Dame Judith Hackitt instead calls for tighter safety regulations throughout the lives of buildings in England.

Dementia exercise programmes ‘don’t work’

Researchers at Oxford University have concluded that NHS exercise programmes for people with mild to moderate dementia “don’t work”. Exercise is thought to be one of the best ways of stopping healthy adults contracting dementia – but the study suggests it does not improve thinking skills or behaviour once the disease has taken hold.

Trump declares Stormy Daniels hush-money

US President Donald Trump has officially declared the money he paid his lawyer. He reimbursed Michael Cohen for giving adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in 2016 not to make public her claim she had an affair with Trump. The US Office of Government Ethics said yesterday that Trump should have listed the payment sooner.

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Source:: The Week – All news


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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 17 May 2018

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