Plymouth Council Aim to Protect People Affected by Problem Gambling

A revamp of the licensing laws in Plymouth could be underway after councilors in the city met to discuss the way in which they regulate bingo halls, betting shops, and bingo halls, as well as gaming machines in pubs and social clubs.

In particular, Plymouth council took a close look at the way they regulate the issuing of licenses to gambling-related establishments.

John Riley

This may seem like a fairly run-of-the-mill policy decision, but this framework is crucial to ensuring that the gambling industry in our city is regulated. While for many, gambling is a harmless past time, for others, it is incredibly harmful, so we need to make sure we can protect those vulnerable to problem gambling.

John RileyCouncilor

The council must meet every three years to discuss the way that gambling licenses are issued with the aim of preventing any form of gambling from being a cause for crime or disorder, making sure that gambling services are being provided fairly and that children and vulnerable people are being protected from the effects of gambling.

It is also proposed that any underage testing of gambling premises carried out under the Social Responsibility Code should be shared with Licensing Officers, Trading Standards Officers, or the Police.

The findings from the meeting will be published in due course.