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Gambling Policy: Statement of Principles

Swale Borough Council is the Licensing Authority under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 and responsible for the administration and enforcement of Premises Licences and Permits under the Act.

The Act authorises the use of premises for any of the following gambling activities:

  • Bingo
  • Betting Shop
  • Tracks (racing)
  • Adult Gaming Centre
  • Family Entertainment Centre

And the use of Gaming Machines in conjunction the following permits:

  • Club Gaming Permit
  • Club Machine Permit
  • Alcohol Licensed Premises (Gaming Permit)
  • Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Local Authority must prepare a written Statement of Principles, and have regard to the guidance issued by the Gambling Commission (May 2009). This Statement of Principles sets out how the council will carry out its licensing functions with a view to promoting the three licensing objective:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime and disorder, or being used to support crime
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

This draft Statement of Principles is proposed to supersede the existing Gambling Policy. The approach taken and principles applied were:

  • Ensuring Compliance with Legislation
  • Improve referencing
  • Support applicants by including all relevant information
  • Incorporating best practice, professional layout and presentation
  • Use of plain English

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