Southwark Statement of Gambling Policy 2019-2022 – Gambling Consultation

Closed 7 Oct 2018

Opened 20 Aug 2018

Overview

Introduction

Southwark Council is fully reviewing its gambling licensing policy and we welcome feedback from all stakeholders on the changes we are proposing.  The licensing policy sets out how we will make licensing decisions, how new licensed premises are likely to be permitted to operate, and how the needs of residents and businesses will be addressed.

Why We Are Consulting

What do we already know?

The Gambling Policy for Southwark is fully reviewed every three years. The current policy is due for renewal in 2019.

What we do not know and need to find out more in detail?

The Council wishes seek your views on the following proposed changes to the Statement of Gambling Policy and will ask you to complete a question indicating if you agree or disagree with that change.

The consultation should be read in conjunction with the draft policy, a copy of the draft policy with the proposed changes is available here:

https://www.southwark.gov.uk/assets/attach/7459/DRAFT%20Gambling%20Policy%202019-22.pdf

The proposed changes to the policy

  1. Southwark Council have worked with Public Heath to develop Local Area Profiles.  These profiles highlight areas in the borough inhabited or frequented by people who might be more at risk of being harmed or exploited by gambling.

    Any new applicants will have to assess the local risks to the licensing objectives posed by the provision of gambling facilities at each of their premises, and have policies, procedures and control measures to mitigate those risks. In undertaking their risk assessments, they must take into account relevant matters identified in the licensing authority’s statement of policy.

What can be influenced by the public and what can be fixed?

The outcome of the consultation will support the Council’s decision making and assist in implementing changes to the policy.

Context of statutory and legal obligations and Council policy 

Any changes to the Southwark Licensing Policy must follow a statutory consultation.

Engagement and Consultation Plan

The Gambling Act 2005 contains a list of stakeholders whom should be consulted:

  • The chief officer of police for the authority's area, or
  • One or more persons who appear to the authority to represent the interests of persons carrying on gambling businesses in the authority's area, and
  • One or more persons who appear to the authority to represent the interests of persons who are likely to be affected by the exercise of the authority's functions under this Act.

What Happens Next

Privacy Statement

  • The Council is required to consult on the it’s Statement of Gambling Policy under the Gambling Act 2005.
  • The information received will only be used for the purposes of this consultation and Licensing Team.
  • Any personal data will be destroyed one year after the consultation is completed.
  • Anonymised responses will be used in a published public document to report to the Licensing Committee and full Council Assembly.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Everyone who lives, works or visits the borough
  • Businesses

Interests

  • Local Economy and Business