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Old 21st February 2015
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Responsible Gambling Trust publishes research into gaming machines locations

20th February, 2015.

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has today published geographic analysis of the location of licensed betting offices (LBOs) with gaming machines. The research places machine play in a geographic context and details the populations LBOs typically serve.

A spatial investigation into bookmakers using industry data

The independent analysis was conducted by Geofutures and commissioned by RGT. It forms part of the programme of research requested by the government, the gambling regulator and the industry to help inform policy decisions into gaming machines located in bookmakers. The research utilised studies conducted by NatCen Social Research and Featurespace, and published by the RGT in December 2014.

The research establishes a new authoritative source for understanding the number and location of LBOs with machines operating in Great Britain, and examines the nature of the communities in which these businesses operate. There were approximately 9,350 betting shops with gaming machines in November 2014, down from a peak of around 9,700 in December 2013. Although there are significant local variations, and not all places where LBOs are located exhibit the same characteristics, areas close to betting shops tend towards higher levels of crime events, resident deprivation, unemployment, and ethnic diversity.

Mark Thurstain-Goodwin, Managing Director of Geofutures, said:

“This research provides much-needed baseline information about the location of LBOs and the communities in which regular players live. Our aim was to document the relationship between area characteristics and LBOs, though not to look for specific evidence why these patterns occur – they are likely to be driven by a range of factors. We believe our analysis provides a factual and helpful basis for future, more in-depth research to understand specific local factors.”

Marc Etches, Chief Executive of the Responsible Gambling Trust, said:

“This study confirms that betting shops with gaming machines tend to be located in higher density urban areas and reveals a correlation between close proximity to those shops and rates of crime and deprivation, numbers of ethnic minorities and numbers of economically inactive people. However the researchers uncovered no evidence of a causal link and it is clear that there is a need to understand local and historical factors. I am confident that this research usefully adds to the knowledge base of the gambling industry and policymakers at local and national levels and we will continue to work with Geofutures to encourage further exploration to improve understanding of the local and historical factors when assessing machine location.”



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