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More than 50,000 under-17s have gambling problems, report reveals

The quadrupling of child problem gamblers to more than 50,000 in two years has been branded a "generational scandal" (reported in The Independent). The Gambling Commission published an audit due for release on Wednesday 21st November (to be added to this report later) which revealed the number of problem gamblers aged 11 to 16 rose to 55,000 over two years. It also found 70,000 youngsters were at risk and 450,000 children bet regularly - the equivalent of one in seven children aged 11 to 16.