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Bookmakers set to face £5m gambling demand

BOOKMAKERS are facing the prospect of being compelled to finance the research, education and treatment of problem gambling after the government announced that it had all but given up hope of persuading firms to hand over money voluntarily.

Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe

Gerry Sutcliffe: disappointed

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More than £5 million a year is set to be raised by the gambling industry should the Department for Culture, Media and Sport carry out its threat to implement a levy that the Association of British Bookmakers claimed would be as welcome as "a hole in the head".

Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe said on Tuesday: "Gambling operators have a responsibility to help fund this and it is very disappointing that the industry has so far failed toagree improved voluntary arrangements to do this. So, in order to ensure funding is in place for this vital work, the government has today set out its proposal for a statutory levy on all licensed gambling operators in the UK."

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