Thursday, 1 February 2007

Casino proposal risks increasing debt in Manchester

Debt on our Doorstep Vice Chair, Niall Cooper has condemned this week's announcement that the UK's first super-casino will be in Manchester as a "threat to worsen the city's already poor record on debt and child poverty".

Niall Cooper, national coordinator of the Manchester based Church Action on Poverty, and vice-chair of the Debt on our Doorstep campaign said: "Only last week Save the Children reported that Manchester has one of the worst records for child poverty in the country. Locating the UK's first super-casino in East Manchester - one of the poorest areas of the city - runs the risk of worsening the city's already poor record on tackling child poverty. Many families across the city are already struggling to make ends meet - the super casino is likely to tip many over the edge into crippling and unsustainable debt."

"Far from stimulating the regeneration of the area, a super casino in East Manchester could create a rise in debt, gambling addicts, crime, debt and homelessness. Recent research from Australia suggests that relaxing gambling laws has led to an increase in homelessness, problem gambling and other social problems. The council talks about it bringing jobs and tourism but regeneration is not to be welcomed at any cost."

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