Gambling Act 2005 - Statement of Licensing Policy

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the council, together with the Gambling Commission, are responsible for the licensing of gaming and betting permission in Medway.

The act requires the council to publish a 'Statement of Licensing Policy'. This sets out the criteria against which licensing decisions will be made.

The 3 licensing objectives at the heart of the policy are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and 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.

The current Statement of Licensing Policy was agreed by the council in July 2018 and was produced following extensive consultation with:

  • licensees
  • businesses
  • residents
  • community groups
  • partner enforcing agencies. 

The policy was approved and published in January 2019.

The Gambling Act requires that every authority must review its policy every 3 years. A draft policy has therefore been prepared and comments on it are invited. 

View the Statement of Gambling Policy.

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