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Town Bets on Pupils’ Future
Children in Blackpool could hit the jackpot if
plans for a super casino are given the green light, according to the
towns director of childrens services.
Usually seen as yet another temptation to taint young minds, gambling
could do more for educational attainment than 10 years of policies and
programmes, David Lund argues.
The success of our pupils is directly linked to the economic health
of the town. The casino will be an integral part of shaping the
childrens agenda here, he says in The Times Educational
Supplement (Aug 5).
If Blackpool succeeds in its bid to be a site for one of the
Governments new regional casinos, rewards would come in the shape of
20,000 jobs and almost £450 million a year feeding into the local
And this is badly needed as most employment is linked to tourism, and
as a consequence is seasonal and badly paid. In addition, social
deprivation has led to a transient pupil population: in some primary
schools, 60 per cent of children move every year.
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