- Closed consultation
- Start date:
- 16 August 2021
- Closing date:
- 08 October 2021
Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Local Authority must prepare a written Statement of Principles that sets out how the council will carry out its licensing functions whilst having regard to the guidance issued by the Gambling Commission and the promotion of the licensing objectives. This Statement of Principles must be reviewed and adopted every 3 years.
The Gambling Act 2005 requires Councils to grant gambling licenses for premises if they meet the requirements of the legislation, the licensing objectives and guidance issued by the Gambling Commission. Therefore, the Council is not able to change the Statement of Principles to be contrary to legislation which would make it unlawful (such as making it easier to refuse a license despite the application meeting the legislation, licensing objectives and gambling Commission guidance).
The Leader of the Council has written to the Department of Culture, Media and Sports to ask for a change in the legislation to allow Council’s to have greater decision making over gambling premises in their areas. A copy of the letters can be seen by clicking on the link below:
Letters from the Leader of Enfield Council to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (pdf)
The main changes to this draft policy were:
- Updated statistics from gambling research;
- Updated mapping and statistics in the Council’s Local Area Profile. This Local Area Profile shows locations in the borough where there is deprivation and vulnerability to gambling related harm. We expect gambling operators to refer to this Local Area Profile when they undertake their local risk assessments and mitigation measures for their premises.
We want this draft policy to:
- Provide applicants with a clear basis for submitting applications and notices
- Provide a clear basis for determining license applications
- Ensure the relevant views of those affected by licensed premises are taken into consideration
- Ensure that the Local Area Profile is considered by licensed premises
- Support the wider strategies of the Council and the approach to gambling in the borough.
View the Draft 6th Edition Statement of Principles and Local Area Profile document (PDF)
Who could participate
We welcomed the views of those who live, study and work in the are, as well representatives from local organisations and businesses.
How the consultation was delivered
Friday 8 October 2021.
If you have any queries, please contact our Licensing Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (pdf)
At the time of the consultation, the existing statement of principles and Local Area Profile (PDF) and Draft 6th Edition Statement of Principles and Local Area Profile document with track changes (pdf) were made available.