Analysis Cites Gambling Venues Cluster In Deprived Locations

According to a recent analysis by The Standard Life Foundation, the location of gambling sites in economically poor parts of the UK is continuing to be a persistent trend.

According to the organisation’s research, “The Geography of Gambling in Great Britain,” 21 percent of gambling establishments are located in the country’s most destitute decile.

Standard Life’s research focuses on the association between different gambling establishments and impoverished sections of the country, and only 2 percent of gaming establishments are located inside the UK’s least deprived areas.

Arcade venues ranked most among impoverished communities, according to a study performed with the University of Bristol, with 34 percent of venues located in the UK’s most destitute boroughs.

Strong retail presence

Despite the fact that the number of licenced gambling venues in the UK has decreased to 10,000, Standard Life notes that the sector still has a strong retail presence, with more venues than the UK’s eight largest supermarkets, which have 9,900 outlets.

According to the findings, the strongest link between deprivation and the number of gambling establishments was found among the UK’s 637 licenced bingo halls, followed by arcades and family entertainment centres.

According to the study, bookies’ association remained pervasive across the UK, despite the fact that establishments tended to be concentrated in city centres, resulting in a reduced correlation.

According to a breakdown of betting shop locations, Glasgow has the most, with 194 outlets, or one shop for every 3,264 people. Glasgow was followed by Liverpool (136), and Westminster, a London borough (79).

DCMS review

Standard Life’s study was presented to the DCMS review of the 2005 Gambling Act and policy committees driving the UK government’s “leveling-up strategy on geographical imbalances,” according to the company.

The research is expected to revive worries about ‘gambling venue clustering,’ which the UK sector was previously accused of during its FOBTs investigation, which saw machine staking restricted to a £2 wager maximum applied across all gaming locations.

Carolyn Harris, Chair of the APPG on Gambling Harms, said:  “It’s targeting the most vulnerable in society, both economically and those who may have a problem.

“It’s a testament to what we’ve always said, which is that the industry puts profit before people. It’s not unexpected but it’s disturbing.”

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