Hounslow Council has launched a public consultation on the review of its gambling policy on and would like to hear from residents, licence holders, schools, other public authorities and stakeholders both in Hounslow and neighbouring boroughs.
Published: Tuesday, 20th July 2021
Under the Gambling Act 2005, local authorities are responsible for the licensing of gambling premises such as betting shops, family entertainment centres, adult entertainment centre etc in England and Wales. This includes the issuing of licences for premises.
The Act has three licensing objectives:
- preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime;
- ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way;
- protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
The Gambling Act requires that the Council review its Gambling Policy at least every three years, initially consulting the public on a draft Gambling Policy and making revisions to the policy as appropriate before adopting it.
Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency said:
“The review of our gambling policy as required under the Gambling Act 2005 is very important in preventing gambling being associated with crime and disorder, upholding safety, and protecting the vulnerable in our communities.
“Our draft new policy includes some amendments that will enable us to safeguard our communities further in the issuance of any new licence or amended conditions. We want to hear from as many people as possible prior to adoption, to ensure that our new policy is fit for purpose for the next three years.”
Councillor Richard Foote, Chair of Licensing Committee at Hounslow Council said:
"We are pleased to be consulting a draft of our Gambling Policy. The draft policy seeks to provide clear guidance to both existing and new licensees about the council's approach to gambling and at the same time incorporates the relevant legislative changes since our last policy.
“Problem gambling can damage people’s lives and impact negatively on their relationships and the communities around them. We look to ensure we deliver on the Gambling Act 2005’s three ‘licensing objectives’. These place a duty on us to prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way and protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling. As chair of the Licensing Committee, I and my colleagues are keen to hear all views on this draft version so that we can create an even better final policy that serves the Borough well for the next three years."
To have your say on the consultation please visit: https://haveyoursay.hounslow.gov.uk/community-safety-and-enforcement/gambling-statement-of-licensing-principles or contact email@example.com for a paper copy.