Can councils stop bookmakers’ push into poor areas? Don’t bet on it | Nell Lewis

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Local authorities feel powerless to prevent the rise of betting shops and fixed odds machines, even when they refuse planning permission

In the runup to Christmas, Bradford’s imposing city centre is littered with festive lights. They give a little cheer to a somewhat run-down Victorian shopping district dominated by building societies, banks, charity shops, and, more recently, a growing concentration of betting shops. There are 11 in barely a 250m radius, with the corner of Broadway and Bank Street the epicentre: a William Hill, a Paddy Power, a Ladbrokes and another William Hill are all next to each other.

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#social exclusion
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#poverty
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#sport betting
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