The cost of gambling in north of the county

More than £30million was gambled on machines in betting shops in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency in the 2011/12 financial year.

Analysis undertaken by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, on research by Geofutures, on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) shows that the constituency has eight licensed bookies, with 29 FOBTs.

A total of £30,338,187 was gambled in 2011/12 with a gross gambling yield of £946,551, among the very lowest in the North East.

Adrian Parkinson, Campaign for Fairer Gambling consultant: “FOBTs are touch-screen roulette and casino gaming machines in betting shops, on which it is possible to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds.

“The high stakes and speed of play have led to the machines being called ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’, and the Gambling Act 2005 limits each betting shop to four FOBTs.”