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The UK's National Health Service will be funding the creation and operation of additional problem gambling support centers as gambling addiction comes front and center in the large betting market.
Currently there is only one NHS addiction center, the National Problem Gambling Clinic, which is in the London area. The additional centers will be funded with part of the £2.3 billion fund that will go toward mental health services as reform for the UK's healthcare system. Gambling addiction services lauded the announcement, with GambleAware calling the new centers "a very welcome development".
The move comes shortly after it was revealed that UK banks are looking into ways to allow punters to control transactions related to gambling for their bank accounts. Problem betting is something that politicians have brought front and center, as FOBT betting has a max-bet of £100, but will be reduced later in the year.