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Town hall chiefs have welcomed tougher standards on gambling advertising aimed at reducing harm.
Funding to help problem gamblers is three times less than funding to treat alcohol or drug abuse, a think tank has highlighted.
Councils leaders have called for the maximum stakes on gambling machines to be reduced to £2 to protect vulnerable people from harm.
Council leaders have called for greater restrictions on gambling advertising to protect young people from potential harm.
High streets risk losing another full rate paying high street retailer as betting shops come under pressure.
Councils have welcomed recommendations that the maximum stakes of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are dramatically reduced and powers granted to councils to regulate the gambling machines.
Local and central government must do more to cope with problem gambling, think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research has demanded.
Council leaders have welcomed a Government review of restrictions on gaming machines as 'a significant step in the right direction.'
Local authority leaders have demanded extra powers after new research showed a link between clusters of high street betting shops and problem gambling.
Town hall chiefs are calling on the Government to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed odd betting machines, warning that gamblers can lose up to £18,000 an hour.