Help us tackle high stakes gambling like the Scots, say council chiefs in call to curb ‘addictive’ betting shop games

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Politicians are lining up to curb the controversial fixed-odds betting terminals, labelled the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, with Westminster MPs calling for an outright ban and local authorities in England demanding more powers to block new betting shops opening on their turf.

The fresh outrage comes despite efforts by bookmakers to curb problem gambling themselves. English councils are now demanding more powers over planning permission, bringing them in line with counterparts in Scotland.

The future of the high-stake machines – which saw one gambler lose nearly £14,000 in just seven hours – is now likely to be debated in Parliament next year.

Read the full article in This is Money online.

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