New research funded by the UK's Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has for the first time revealed a link between higher rates of problem gambling and concentrations of bookmakers shops.

The finding appeared in a report by data science consultancy Geofutures, one of three released Wednesday by the RGT alongside publications from the National Centre for Social Research, and data analytics solutions provider Featurespace.

Geofutures’ findings reveal that rates of problem gambling are higher among those that live near “clusters” of bookmakers, areas in which there is a high concentration of licensed betting offices (LBOs). While this correlation does not conclusively confirm the link, the RGT notes, this is the first time research has confirmed the relationship.

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