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Gambling Act Paves the Way for Super Casino

Religious groups in the United Kingdom are urging the public to fight plans for a new gambling venture to be based in Kirklees. The creation of a casino in Kirklees is part of a new approach to gambling, which will permit one regional super casino, eight large venues and a further eight smaller gambling centers in the UK.

Several church groups have united with the Salvation Army to protest the government’s new Gambling Act, which is to be in full effect by September 2007. While many advocates of the new Act state the introduction of gambling centres throughout the UK will boost employment and investment opportunities, those opposed cite problem gambling and gambling related social issues as major concerns. A petition urging Kirklees Council to refrain from submitting a formal proposal to the government’s Casino Advisory Panel is already underway. The council had previously indicated its interest in hosting a large or small casino, but has stated it will not apply for a super casino.

Under the government’s new plans, the regional super casino will contain forms of gambling which have never been seen before in the UK including jackpots of one million pounds. The decision on which locations will host the new gambling venues will be made in June.

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Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.