The report has welcomed the reinstatement of the Triennial Review system for gaming machines, and has proposed that these reviews should be designed to maintain the value in real terms of stakes and prizes.
The BBPA also welcomed the committee’s view that the rate of the new Machine Games Duty (MGD) should be maintained at a level that encourages investment in the machine industry and does not stifle growth.
The Committee has also urged the Chancellor to ensure this is achieved by making use of industry analysis of the impact of MGD, including compliance costs. MGD is to replace Amusement Machine Licence Duty and VAT from 1 February 2013.
BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “There is no doubt that the rate set by the Government in March did not take into account the costs of MGD implementation and was not revenue neutral to the sector overall. We need a tax level for machines that allows investment. The Committee’s proposal that the rate could be lowered, if the tax is found not to be revenue neutral to the industry, is a good one.”
“On the triennial review of stakes and prizes, the Committee suggests that this should be used to ensure that their real value is maintained. Fruit machines are a vital income stream for pubs, and regular stake and prize reviews ensure that these remain popular with customers. I hope the Government takes up these ideas.”