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Gambling Act Statement of Principles

Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005 requires licensing authorities to publish a Statement of the Principles that they propose to apply in exercising their functions under the Act, applicable to a 3 year period.

The current Gambling Act Statement of Principles (pdf) will last three years.

Current consultation

The Gambling Act 2005 also requires that the Statement of Principles is reviewed every 3 years. 

The consultation process for the review is open 1st October 2018 – 23rd November 2018. During this time Consultees can make comments on the Draft Gambling Act Statement of Principles (pdf).

Consultees should note that there has been no significant changes to either regulations issued by the Secretary of State or guidance issued by the Gambling Commission that materially affects the current Statement of Principles. The Council does not propose to make any significant changes and for these reasons the Statement of Principles will remain relatively unchanged for the years 2019-2021. The main change is a more detailed list of requirements that we expect operators to provide in their local risk assessments.

The current Gambling Act Statement of Principles (pdf), like its predecessors is based on the nationally accepted template produced by the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services, now Local Government Regulation. This is the local government central body responsible for overseeing local authority regulatory and related services in the UK.

Please email licensing@rother.gov.uk if you wish to give feedback on the current Statement or wish to give proposals for the 2019 – 2021 Statement. Feedback must reach us no later than the 23rd November 2018 indicating clearly the paragraph(s) your response refers to. Please put “WEALDEN gambling statement consultation” in the subject heading of your email.

Who do we consult?

All those involved directly with the gambling industry as well as interested parties, including Sussex Police, Town and Parish Councils and the East Sussex Area Child Protection Committee.

Why do we consult?

The views of all concerned are important to the Council in reaching a fair and proportionate policy in respect of gambling within the Borough. We wanted, therefore, to give the industry and other interested parties, including those that use or have strong views about these activities the opportunity to be involved in the formulation of appropriate policies.

The current Statement was approved at Licensing Committee on 14th September 2015.

Contact Rother and Wealden Licensing Team