Gambling Act 2005
Further to the Government’s earlier announcement on plans to kerb the proliferation of High Street betting shops, a Private Members' Bill, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) Bill, was introduced yesterday.
Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) Bill
As part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, the DCMS has identified gaming machine notifications as a licensing process that can potentially be subject to deregulation.
Gaming Machine Notifications
Certain licensed premises are automatically entitled to offer up to 2 category C or D gaming machines but must first inform the licensing authority, provide certain information and pay a £50 fee.
DCMS “consultation” on Gaming Machine Notification Deregulation
A new landmark taskforce, being setup and chaired by the LGA, is being in an attempt to address concerns around high street betting shop clustering and the harm caused by Fixed Odds Betting Terminal machines.
Landmark Councils and Betting Industry Taskforce Launched
In a recent and important case (Luxury Leisure Ltd. v The Gambling Commission), the First-Tier Tribunal judge, NJ Warren, gave a ruling on the meaning of 'primary gambling activity'.
Primary gambling activity – What does it mean?
The DCMS has launched a ‘fast-tracked’ consultation on proposals to lift certain restrictions that applies to certain types of lotteries.Consultation on proposals to lift certain lottery restrictions
The Categories of Gaming Machine (Amendment) Regulations 2014 came into force on the 15th of January 2014 following no comments or objections to the proposal from European Member States.
Amendment to Gaming Machine Stakes & Prizes
The London Borough of Redbridge has become the latest Council to pass a resolution urging the Government to change the law and help councils “stem the tide” of betting shops. It called on the Government and the national regulatCumulative Impact Zones for Betting Shops
In September Ladbrokes applied to LB Hillingdon for a betting licence in the pedestrian centre of Uxbridge, adjacent to the underground station and the retail heart of the town. Hillingdon refused the licence based on a number of locational factors:
- that this was a high profile, pedestrian area extensively used by children;
- that it was adjacent to family-oriented cafes;LB Hillingdon v Ladbrokes: Critical Importance of Evidence
To help local authority licensing officers ensure they meet their regulatory obligations under the Gambling Act 2005, the Gambling Commission has worked together with the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Licencing Forum and LLEP to create templates for inspections at gambling premises.Launch of New of Gambling Premises Inspection Guidance & Templates
The Gambling Commission has issued new advice entitled “Gaming machine seizures: a suggested approach for local authorities”.New Gambling Commission Guidance on Gaming Machine Seizures
In the February 2013 version of the Commission’s newsletter to Local Authorities, it highlighted two minor changes to its statutory guidance (4th edition).Change to the GC Guidance to Licensing Authorities (4th edition)
The DCMS has today published its response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Report.
On the whole, the Government has responded positively to the vast majority of recommendations put forward by the select committee.Government Response to the Select Committee Report: The Gambling Act 2005: A Bet Worth Taking?
The DCMS has launched a consultation on proposals for changes to maximum stake and prize limits for category B, C and D gaming machines.
The consultation is a result of the Government’s reintroduction of a triennial review system to consider the level of monetary limits on stakes and prizes applied to gaming machines in Great Britain through the Gambling Act 2005 annouced in October 2011.Government review of gaming machine stakes and prizes