Decision details

Consultation on the draft 'Gambling Statement of Principles'

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval to commence public consultation on the Council’s draft “Gambling Statement of Principles”.


That approval is granted to the commencement of a six week public consultation on the Council’s Gambling Statement of Principles.



Reasons for the decision:

The Statement sets out the general approach the Council will take when carrying out its regulatory role under the Act and promoting the three licensing objectives:


·         preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime

·         ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way

·         protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.


The current Statement has been revised to reflect the current local profile and to include more robust local risk assessment requirements. There are no proposed changes to the intent or direction of the Statement. The draft Statement is at Appendix 1 with proposed amendments from the current statement highlighted.


The consultation will be available on the Council’s website and a wide range of stakeholders will be contacted as part of the consultation as detailed in Appendix 2 of the Statement. 


It is proposed that the consultation period will last for six weeks. The revised draft Statement and consultation results will be presented to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee before proceeding to Council.  



Alternative options considered:

Licensing Authorities license gambling premises and issue a range of          permits to authorise other gambling facilities in their area.


The Gambling Act 2005 (the “Act”) requires Authorities on or before each successive period of three years, to prepare a Statement of Principles (the “Statement”) that they propose to apply in the exercise of their functions under the Act and to publish that Statement.  The last Statement was published in January 2017.


In formulating the Statement, the Authority must have regard to the statutory guidance issued by the Gambling Commission.  Once adopted, the Statement is the guiding principle for use by Members and Officers when applying the Act.


Publication date: 11/07/2019

Date of decision: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 20/07/2019

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