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Glasgow Super-Casino Must Pay for Problem Gambling Impact

14 September 2005

GLASGOW, Scotland – As reported by the Scotsman: "Glasgow yesterday launched a bid to build a £200 million super-casino, but it will not get off the drawing board unless the operator agrees to pay to rehabilitate any gambling addicts it creates.

"The city wants Scotland's first Las Vegas-style hotel and leisure complex and councilors claim the economic benefits outweigh the social cost.

"However, some councillors warned the casino would be a 'tax' on the poor and create more addicts.

"John Mason, the SNP leader of the opposition on the council, attacked the council leader, Steven Purcell, claiming he was placing profits before people.

"…Glasgow is going after the super-casino and Mr Purcell said: 'The government has put in place stringent safeguards to ensure there is not a negative social cost. We're taking that further, insisting that anyone who operates a super-casino will have to fund programmes designed to prevent excessive gambling and assist those with problems.'

"…A regional casino development, he said, would attract capital investment of £175 million, generate £200 million for the economy, attract two million visitors a year and create 4,000 jobs with a £20,000 average salary…"

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