UK High Street Gambling Industry Enters Winter Of Discontent

The introduction of the 2005 Gambling Act in September should have signalled a time of renewed optimism for UK gambling operators. However, the material impact of the smoking ban and tax increases announced earlier this year, added to the cost of compliance with the Act, have caused this optimism to all but disappear. For the past few years, the gambling industry in Great Britain has been enjoying a relatively high level of government support and encouragement. Underpinning this support has been the philosophy that, so long as gambling can be conducted in a manner that is fair and open, protects the young and vulnerable, and avoids crime, it should be allowed.

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