Gambling Policy

Statement of Gambling Principles

The Gambling Act 2005 requires Buckinghamshire Council, as the Licensing Authority, to determine and publish its Statement of Gambling Principles (Policy) at least every three years, to keep it under review, and to make such revisions to it as it considers appropriate.

On 24th October 2018 the Council approved a revised version of the policy which was published on 20th December 2018 and shall come into effect from 31st January 2019.

The current policy is attached below. A tracked changes version is available on request from The Licensing Service.

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Local Area Profiles

Operators of licensed gambling premises are required to assess the local risks to the licensing objectives posed by the provision of gambling facilities at each of their premises; as part of this assessment operators must take into account relevant matters identified in the Council's Gambling Policy.

The Gambling Commission encourages licensing authorities to prepare and publish Local Area Profiles (LAP) to assist operators in identifying local risk factors. The LAP is essentially a statistical document, with its content and its application governed by the policy. Given the fluid nature of the document the Council considers it more appropriate to publish the LAP separate to the policy to allow timely changes to be made, in consultation with the Council's Licensing Committee.

The current LAP is shown below.