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Gambling statement of principles

It is a legal requirement for councils to have a Gambling Statement of Principles that sets out how we will carry out the duties required under the Gambling Act (2005). We are required, by law to review, consult upon and publish our revised statement every three years.

What the policy is for

The policy relates to the licensing of betting shops, bingo premises, amusement arcades, travelling fairs, etc. It helps to guide decision makers, applicants, objectors and others about the decision making process.

The policy outlines how the Licensing Authority considers and determines applications under the Gambling Act 2005. It also sets out how the Authority will work to fulfil the three licensing objectives:

  • to prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • to make sure gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • to protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

The current policy came in to force on 17 April 2023.

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