Council Seeking Opinions On Gambling
These guidelines were presented to members of the Licensing Committee on Thursday.
They’re documented in the new ‘Statement of Principles’ on gambling, which every local authority in the UK has to produce by law – even if it’s highly unlikely that most of the activities would ever happen here on the islands.
The 43-page document also covers how the Council would regulate betting shops, amusement arcades and bingo halls.
More relevant to the islands though are the measures put in place to protect children and vulnerable adults from excessive gambling, such as through gaming machines in pubs.
The Gambling Commission recently published data showing gambling in the 18-35 year age group had almost doubled nationally since 2008, particularly through online methods.
There’s a proposal for the Council to renew its ‘No Casino Resolution,’ effectively a blanket ban on any casinos opening in Scilly.
They’ll ask the Full Council to vote on that in December.
But before that, they want your views on the proposals during a consultation period, which opened last Thursday and runs until 4th September.
You’re being asked whether the correct rules and regulations are being put in place, not whether there’s a need for any particular activity or if it’s morally right or wrong.
The Council will also be talking to the islands’ licence holders as well as organisations representing those affected by gambling, such as Gamblers Anonymous, the NHS and Cornwall Samaritans.