New gambling policy out for consultation

Safeguarding children is one of the priorities of Plymouth City Council’s new gambling policy.

The policy, which is reviewed every three years, looks at how Plymouth’s casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, and adult gaming centres operate to ensure that gambling is not a source of crime or the proceeds used to support crime, is conducted in a fair and open way, and that children are protected.

Changes to this version look at how premises can assist in safeguarding children, their wider expectations in terms of social responsibility and also makes changes to the application process for new premises.

A consultation on the new policy will begin on Tuesday 14 August and will run until Friday 14 September.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “Harmful gambling is a complex problem with a large number of factors involved. Licensees must have effective procedures in place to promote socially responsible gambling and reduce the risk of and seek to identify problem gambling.”

The Council work closely with the Gambling Commission who licence the business to operate gambling and issue personal licences the persons who manage the activities of the business and the Council licence the premises in which they want to run the gambling activities from.

Comments can be sent by email to or in writing to Licensing Office, Plymouth City Council, Windsor House, Plymouth PL6 5UF.

For further information contact the Licensing Team on 01752 304141 or visit from Tuesday 14 August.