Cabinet, at its meeting on 18 December 2018, will consider the recommendations of the Licensing Acts Committee, made at its meeting on 29 November 2018, on the Joint Gambling Policy following the statutory consultation.
The report of the head of housing and environment, which Cabinet will consider on 18 December, is attached.
The recommendations of Cabinet will be circulated to all councillors on 19 December.
Councillor Kevin Bulmer left the room during the consideration of this item – see Minute 38.
Council considered Cabinet’s recommendations, made at its meeting on 18 December 2018, on a Joint Gambling Policy developed with South Oxfordshire District Council.
1. adopt the Joint Gambling Policy attached to the council agenda for the meeting held on 20 December 2018;
2. authorise the head of housing and environment to make minor editorial changes to the joint gambling policy; and
3. authorise the head of housing and environment to publish the joint gambling policy in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006.
To consider the report of the head of housing and environment.
Cabinet considered the head of housing and environment’s report on the review of the gambling policy. This was a joint policy with Vale of White Horse District Council and was subject to review every three years.
The Cabinet member responsible for the licensing service reported that the review had not brought any significant policy changes, nor changes required by legislation. The minor changes included:
· additional information on the detail required for premises risk assessments, including for the risk assessments to be kept at the premises
· paragraphs 2.7.2 and 2.7.3 referred to the local area profiles that were now available on the council’s website to assist operators in developing their risk assessments required for the application process
· the policy had been updated to refer to refer to the General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018 and the council’s Licensing Enforcement Policy
· Annex 4 referred to the recent government review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures, and the decision that maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals would be reduced from £100 to £2
The revised policy had been supported by the Licensing Acts Committee; Cabinet concurred.
RECOMMENDED to Council to:
(a) adopt the proposed joint gambling policy;
(b) authorise the head of housing and environment to make minor editorial changes to the Joint Gambling Policy; and
(c) authorise the head of housing and environment to publish the Joint Gambling Policy in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006.