Have your say on our draft gambling policy: gambling

15 Jun 2018

Adult Social Care

Have your say on our draft gambling policy

People in Bristol are being asked for their views on the council’s draft gambling policy.

A consultation has launched today to inform a review of our current policy.

The regulatory control of gambling in the United Kingdom sits mainly with the Gambling Commission, however the city council is required to produce a local Statement of Gambling Policy setting out how gambling will be regulated in the area. It is a statutory requirement for the council to evaluate the policy every three years.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said: “We are looking to hear from members of the public about our gambling policy and what they feel is suitable for Bristol.

“It is important that any policy balances the need to protect vulnerable people with the desire to support the local economy.

“We would encourage anyone with an interest in this subject to have a read of our draft policy and send us your comments to help us inform the next version of the document.”

This consultation focuses on the regulatory powers of the council and changes that have come into effect since the last review took place.

The Council’s policy provides the framework for how applications for the various types of permission available under the Gambling Act are considered. In particular guidance is provided to applicants with regard to the suitability of locations and the safeguards that applicants are expected to have in place to reduce the risk of crime and disorder and to protect vulnerable people.

The council would particularly like to hear views on its approach to Local Area Profiles - a new feature of the policy designed to encourage applicants to take local factors into consideration as part of the risk assessment they are required to submit with their application.

Recent attention around gambling has focused on reducing the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Machines, from £100 to £2. This is not something the council has any power over, so does not feature in the consultation. Similarly internet based gambling and public health considerations are also matters that the council is not able to address through its policy

The feedback from the consultation will be used to inform the draft policy with a view to the final policy being adopted in January 2019.

The consultation is now live and will run until 7 September 2018. To take part visit https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/policies-plans-strategies/bristol-gambling-policy all comments should be sent to gamblingpolicy@bristol.gov.uk You can also request a paper copy of the policy by calling 0117 3574900.