West Lancashire Borough Council, acting as Licensing Authority under the Gambling Act 2005, must publish a Statement of Policy about how it will administer its responsibilities under the Act.
The Council is required to review its Gambling Policy every three years. In preparation, the Council is seeking views on its draft Statement of Policy (PDF, 650Kb), which will replace the existing Policy from January 2019.
The draft Gambling Policy proposes several important changes aimed to address potential safeguarding concerns, including a requirement for licensed premises to carry out local risk assessments to ensure the business takes account of its impact on the community.
The consultation will be open from 6 August 2018 to 4 November 2018, during which time any views or comments are welcome from the trade, responsible authorities, the public as well as other interested stakeholders.
Any comments can be submitted by email to: email@example.com or by post to: Licensing Services, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale WN8 8EE.
The current version of the Policy was approved at a meeting of the Licensing and Gambling Committee on 1 December 2015 and Full Council on 16 December 2015, following a period of public consultation that took place between 22 July 2015 and 16 October 2015. The consultation followed the Revised Code of Practice for public consultations, which came into effect in April 2004, and the Cabinet Office Guidance on consultations by the public sector.
The Policy was published on 6 January 2016 and came into force on 31 January 2016. The Policy will remain in effect for 3 years and will be reviewed in January 2019.