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Statement of Gambling Licensing Policy
The Council’s Statement of Gambling Policy is reviewed in accordance with statutory requirements every three years, Brentwood Borough Council consulted on its revised policy from the 1st August to the 24th October 2012.
Following the consultation period, the draft policy received approval at the Planning, Development Control and Licensing Committee meeting of the 7th November, and was subsequently adopted by Members of the Council at the Ordinary Council meeting on the 19th December.
In accordance with Regulation 7 of the Gambling Act 2005 and the (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) Regulations 2006, Brentwood Borough Council gave notice of its intent to publish the Statement of Gambling Policy 2013-16 on Friday 21st December 2012.
The revised policy was published on the Brentwood Borough Council website on Monday 24th December 2012 and came into effect as of Wednesday 2nd January 2013. This policy will remain in effect until the 31st January 2016, subject to any further or necessary revisions.
The Licensing Authority is required to prepare and publish a statement of the principles that it proposes to apply when exercising its functions under the Act. The licensing policy statement will last for a maximum of three years but can be reviewed and revised by the Licensing Authority at any time, for instance in the light of feedback from the local community on whether the statutory objectives are being met.
Before determining its policy for any three year period, the Licensing Authority must consult:
- the chief officer of police for the area;
- one or more persons who appear to the authority to represent the interests of persons carrying on gambling businesses in the authority’s area; and
- one or more persons who appear to the authority to represent the interests of persons who are likely to be affected by the exercise of the authority’s functions under this Act.
The list of persons to be consulted when preparing the licensing policy statement is deliberately wide to allow Licensing Authorities to undertake a comprehensive consultation exercise with anyone who may be affected by or otherwise have an interest in the licensing policy statement.
Guidance issued by the Gambling Commission suggests that Licensing Authorities might consider consultation with a range of organisations including:
- faith groups
- voluntary and community organisations working with children and young people
- organisations working with people who are problem gamblers
- medical practises or primary care trusts
- advocacy organisations (such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and trade unions)