West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2021-07-05
End date: 2021-09-27
Results: 2021-12-02

Draft Statement of Gambling Principles under S.349 of The Gambling Act 2005

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West Berkshire Council, along with all other licensing authorities, is required to prepare, adopt and publish a "Statement of Principles" (SoP) setting out the council's approach to applications under the Gambling Act 2005 (hereafter known as The Act) and the information it expects applicants to provide.

The policy guides the administration of licensing under The Act and helps to ensure 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 adversely affected by such activities.

Under the Act the council is required to review its policy at least every three years or when the council believes the policy requires updating. The current policy is due to expire at the end of January 2022.

How we developed the draft statement

The draft statement was discussed at the Licensing Committee on the 21 June 2021 and has been prepared in accordance with guidance issued by the Gambling Commission.

    Why we want your views

    The council is consulting with those bodies and/or persons that may be affected. While the council will be writing to stakeholders, members of the public are also able to comment on the draft policy statement should they wish to do so.

    The following changes are proposed:

    • Addition of a section on small society lotteries
    • Amendments to ensure the policy is compliant with the current legislation and regulations
    • Amendments to be compliant with the Gambling Commission's most recent guidance to licensing authorities 
    • Additional information to make it easier to understand the various sections within the policy

    How to take part

    If you'd like to comment on the draft statement, please let us know your views by midnight on Monday 27 September 2021 by:

    • Post to Licensing, Public Protection Partnership, Theale Library, Church Street, Theale, Berkshire RG7 5BZ
    • Email to Licensing@westberks.gov.uk

    What happens next

    Your feedback will be taken into consideration and used to finalise the statement, which will be submitted to the Licensing Committee meeting on 8 November 2021. A final report will then be presented for adoption at the Full Council Meeting on 2 December 2021.

    If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact Public Protection Partnership