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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.



Last Updated on Wednesday, January 5, 2022