Gambling Licensing Act Consultation

GAMBLING ACT 2005 – STATEMENT OF LICENSING POLICY - CONSULTATION

Under the Gambling Act 2005, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is responsible for licensing and overseeing local gambling premises, and we are required to publish a policy that sets out how we will carry out our responsibilities under the act.

Our current Gambling Act policy will cease to have effect on 30 January 2019, and we must formally adopt a revised policy with effect from 31 January 2019. In order to satisfy the specific legal requirements, we need to carry out a consultation process before we do this.

We've taken the opportunity to revise the format and content of the policy to reflect the latest guidance issued to licensing authorities by the Gambling Commission, to provide practical clarity to existing and potential licence holders, and to assist our officers to correctly apply the legal provisions of the Gambling Act 2005.

The local area profile has been refreshed and is incorporated into the draft Gambling Act 2005 Policy Statement 2019 – 2022. This profile maps local areas of concern, including actual and future emerging evidence-based risks that may impact on the licensing of gambling premises and activities. Operators are encouraged to use the profile to help inform them of specific risks in the Blaenau Gwent area prior to submitting licence applications.

Following the formal consultation process, an analysis of the responses received will be undertaken, and the results will be reported to the Licensing Committee for them to consider in October 2018. Both the report and the meeting will be open to the public.

Anyone is welcome to comment on the draft policy, and their views will be taken into account when developing a final draft policy that will be considered by full council in October/November 2018.

Anyone wishing to comment on this draft policy can do so via email to licensing@torfaen.gov.uk, or in writing to Licensing Team, Public Protection Service, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB. Comments must be received by Friday 14 September 2018.