Following a consultation process, West Lothian Licensing Board has published a revised Statement of Principles in relation to the Board's functions under the Gambling (Scotland) Act 2005. The revised Statement will come into effect on 31 January 2019.
The revised Statement of Principles is available to view on the Council's webpages at-:
A West Lothian Licensing Board spokesperson said: "We would recommend that all applicants for gambling licences or permits in West Lothian, read the revised Statement of Principles in advance of applying.
"Current operators of gambling licences and permits in West Lothian should also ensure they are familiar with the new Statement of Principles, particularly changes made to Sections 14 and 15 regarding the Local Area Profile and Local Risk Assessments."
The revised Statement does not contain any changes to the Board's approach to its functions under the Gambling Act 2005 however Section 14 concerning the Local Area Profile now includes reference to a document on the Board's webpages containing information regarding the location of gambling premises, schools, colleges, addiction treatment centres and places of worship.
Section 15 of the Statement regarding Local Risk Assessments has also been expanded to include a more comprehensive range of factors and control measures that gambling operators should consider in assessing local risks.
Otherwise the Statement has not been significantly changed except with respect to minor revisions and additions to reflect:
- Guidance from the Gambling Commission;
- Developments in gambling law;
- Topical areas of concern surrounding gambling and matters of concern highlighted in responses to the consultation.