Bet­ting ma­chines clus­ter in poor ar­eas MAP OF MIS­ERY

Hotspots for crack co­caine of gam­ing

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Keir Mudie and Ly­dia Maxwell Mor­gan

THIS is the na­tional map of mis­ery ry that should con­vince the Gov­ern­ment nt of the des­per­ate need to clamp downwn on the crack co­caine of gam­bling.

Sports Min­is­ter Tracey Crouch, whosese re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude the bet­ting in­dus­try, is to pro­duce her re­port into high-stakes gam­ingng ma­chines at the end of next month.

It is ex­pected to con­tain op­tions for curb­sbs on com­put­erised fixed-odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals,ls, which are built to swal­low £100 in 20 sec­onds.ds.

The map shows that book­ies hoover up the he most cash by clus­ter­ing the money-mak­ingng ma­chines where peo­ple can least af­ford to lose.

se Fixed-odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals – FOBTs – ap­pear con­cen­trated in ar­eas with higher rates es of poverty. And ex­perts have ac­cused gam­blingng bosses of tar­get­ing some of the na­tion’s mostost vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple with FOBTs.

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