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UK Public 'Opposes Gambling Shake-Up'

10 December 2003

UK – As reported by the BBC: ``The proposed shake-up in the gambling laws is opposed by more than 90% of the public, according to a survey.

``The Salvation Army, which commissioned the poll, is using the figures to call on the government to rethink the legislation which would lead to the creation of Las Vegas-style "super casinos".

``Blackpool wants to transform itself into the UK's first casino resort, with the council believing it will lead to a transformation in the town's fortunes.

``But the survey said 93% of people believe there are already enough opportunities to gamble and the law should not be relaxed.

``…The survey found several of the specific elements of the proposals are opposed by the public.

``Children would be allowed to play low value fruit machines but 82% say under-18s should not be able to gamble on them…"

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