Archbishop slates gambling industry

The Church of England has taken a swipe at the Government’s liberalisation of gambling laws and dismissed claims that gambling can be used to help with regeneration in less than privileged areas.

Speaking at the General Synod, the Archbishop of Canterbury called for culture secretary Andy Burnham to introduce a levy on the industry to help fund the treatment of problem gambling.

“We expect industries to clean up their pollution,” he said.

“The gambling industry is profoundly costly, its human pollution in terms of promoting addiction, destroying family life and so forth, is manifest. The gambling industry needs to take responsibility.”

The criticism follows last week’s apparent final nail in the coffin for Manchester’s super-casino.

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