The Gambling Commission, who are the national regulator for gambling under the Gambling Act 2005, has introduced a social responsibility code within their Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP). It requires gambling operators (those who hold non-remote operating licences) to assess the local risks to the licensing objectives posed by the provision of gambling facilities at each of their premises, and to have policies, procedures and control measures to mitigate those risks.
This code provision comes into force from the 6 April 2016.
Gambling operators must have carried out and documented their risk assessment for each of their licensed premises to ensure they meet the requirements of this code provision or be in breach of the LCCP provisions. Gambling operators must give regard to local information contained within the council’s Statement of licensing principles for gambling when undertaking new or reviewing existing risk assessments.
The council, as the licensing authority for premises licence holders, has produced a guide to undertaking local gambling risk assessments. In developing this guide the council has worked with Coral Racing Limited who has provided an industry perspective on undertaking this new process.
The guide, which is aimed at assisting gambling operators, contains information on the requirements of the risk assessment process, as detailed within the LCCP, the views and expectations of the council as well as a template for a local gambling risk assessment.
The council has undertaken gambling research into local area vulnerability to gambling-related harm which was conducted in partnership with Manchester City Council and supported by the Local Government Association. Gambling operators will be expected to give regard to the research findings and ensure that appropriate mitigation via control measures have been identified within their assessments.