More than £66m was lost by gamblers across the ELL boroughs in 2013 on addictive machines says new study

Posted on March 5, 2014 by admin
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More than £66m was lost by people across Croydon, Lewisham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets in 2013 on high speed, high stakes gambling machines – according to a study last week.

The figures, produced by Campaign for Fairer Gambling, estimate that bookmakers across the four boroughs profited £66.3m from fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in 2013.

The study shows that England’s more deprived areas have a far higher concentration of betting shops (and therefore FOBTs) than its richer areas, leading to suggestions that bookmakers have targeted the poorest areas with low income levels and high unemployment and crime rates.

Read the full article in East London Lines online.