Betting shops in the public eye: A commentary

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393, Comfort, Daphne and Hall, Tim (2021) Betting shops in the public eye: A commentary. Journal of Public Affairs, 21 (1). e2153. doi:10.1002/pa.2153

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Betting shops are a familiar feature in towns and cities throughout the UK. However, in recent years, increasing social and political concerns have been expressed about the presence of betting shops in high streets and about the role of betting shops in encouraging gambling. Such concerns include the concentration of betting shops in areas of social deprivation, the impact of such shops on the vitality of and viability of town centres, the perceived links between betting shops and both anti‐social behaviour and criminal activity and the presence of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in betting shops. This commentary paper outlines the origin and characteristics of betting shops, explores some of the recent concerns betting shops have attracted and offers some brief concluding reflections on the impact of policy responses to these concerns.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 10:23
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2023 15:14

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