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Lucy Powell MP calls for Govermnent to act on "mind numbing" number of betting shops and gambling machines

canstock5803064.jpg.ashx.jpgManchester Central MP Lucy Powell spoke of her shock that £190m was being gambled in gambling machines in Manchester Central last year. The figures were contained in a report by Fairer Gambling and came out in analysis conducted by The Guardian. Worryingly, the figures appear to show that poorest areas with highest levels of unemployment are being deliberately targeted.

Lucy Powell MP for Manchester Central said;

There are mind-numbing numbers of betting shops in places like Moston in my constituency. I think it is a moral question to ask whether it is a good thing that betting companies are targeting the poor and whether government lets them.

"According to these figures, there's more being spent on gambling than by the council in my constituency on services."

The full story can be found online at

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/04/fixed-odds-betting-terminals-poorest-communities

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