Section 349(1) of the Gambling Act 2005 imposes a statutory requirement upon Bassetlaw District Council to prepare a Statement of Principles.
Statement of Principles
Under the Gambling Act 2005, the District Council is required to prepare, adopt and publish a “Statement of Principles” setting out the Licensing Authority’s approach to applications under the Act and information it expects applicants to provide and to assist in ensuring that an appropriate balance is drawn between the interests of those wishing to provide and take part in legal gambling, and those who might be affected by such activities.
These serve as the basis for determining licence applications for a variety of gaming and betting facilities including bingo halls, betting offices, adult gaming centres, licensed family entertainment centres, small society lotteries, permits for prize-giving and gaming machines in pubs and clubs.
The main objectives of the Statement of Principles are:-
- To prevent gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder, or being used to support crime
- To ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
- To protect children and other vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling
The District Council continues to work with the Police, licence holders, responsible authorities and other agencies to achieve this objective.
The District Council continues to work with other partner agencies including the Police, Licence holders and responsible authorities, to ensure these strategies are properly addressed.
There is a statutory requirement under the Gambling Act 2005 for the Licensing Authority to undertake a review of the Statement of Principles on a three yearly cycle The Statement of Principles, published on the 3rd January, 2013, covering the three year period 2013-2016 to which the current version applies, is available to read.
Local Area Profile
The updated guidance from the Gambling Commission for licensing authorities recommends that, like operators, licensing authorities complete and map their own assessment of local risks and concerns by developing local area profiles to help shape their statements (although there is no requirement to do this). The objective of the profiles is to set out what the local area is like, what risks this might pose to the licensing objectives, and what the implications of this are for the licensing authority and operators.
Bassetlaw District Council has taken the decision to produce a Local Area Profile, please see the link below.