Decision details

Revised Statement of Principles - Gambling Act 2005

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The Gambling Act 2005 places a responsibility on local authorities to publish a gambling statement of principles (policy) every three years. The last policy was published in January 2018. This is a reportreport seeking approval to adopt the proposed revised statement of principles.


Resolved to RECOMMEND: (to Council)


(1)            That the Revised Statement of Principles, as set out in Appendix A to the officer report, be recommended to Council for approval, noting the following:


a)    each application would be considered on its own individual merits without regard to demand and regulate gambling in the interests of public interest; and


b)    each application should uphold the three gambling objectives:


·       Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime and 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


(2)            That a “no casino” resolution be continued as previously agreed by the Authority as there is no evidence base to show the need for a casino or the benefits of such an establishment (the policy continues to support well-run, compliant gambling premises).


[Call-in did not apply to the decisions above as they are reserved to Council]


RESOLVED:  That the Revised Statement of Principles as set out in Appendix A to the officer report, be recommended to Council for approval.


Reasons:  The Authority has a statutory obligation to review and publish its gambling statement of principles every three years.  A full consultation had been undertaken in relation to this policy.

Report author: Corporate Director, Community

Publication date: 18/11/2021

Date of decision: 18/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 18/11/2021 - Cabinet

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