Gambling Act 2005

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) BillFurther 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.

 

Government Response to Lotteries Consultation The Government has today (8 July) issued a response to its previous consultation on proposed deregulation of Incidental Non Commercial, Private Society, Work and Residents’ Lotteries.

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.

 

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.

 

Primary gambling activity – What does it mean?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'.

 

Background

 

Consultation on proposals to lift certain lottery restrictionsThe DCMS has launched a ‘fast-tracked’ consultation on proposals to lift certain restrictions that applies to certain types of lotteries. 

Amendment to Gaming Machine Stakes & PrizesThe 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.

 

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 regulat

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;

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