Keeping gambling in check
The Gambling Act 2005 places the responsibility for the licensing of gambling premises and the issuing of gambling permits with local authorities, who are tasked with the responsibility for ensuring that the conditions on these licences and permits are upheld.
Some of the premises that the Gambling Act regulates include betting shops, bingo halls, amusement arcades, gaming machines and society lotteries.
The Gambling Act requires the council to prepare and publish a Statement of Principles, also known as the Gambling Policy, which it proposes to apply in exercising its functions. The policy lasts for a maximum of three years and last took effect in January 2016, meaning a new one is due to be published in January 2019.
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