Fecha de registro: 29 may 2022


We believe that the Government should undertake the assessment of casino regulations which should have been undertaken in 2014, and ensure that all casinos are regulated consistently

The Government should forthwith undertake the assessment of casino regulations which it promised would take place in 2014, and apply the same regulations to all casinos, regardless of when they opened. Clustering of betting shops.

As we have explained,106 the liberalisation of the regulation of gambling has led to an increased presence of gambling services on the high street. This followed the recommendations of the Budd report: “As with casinos and bingo halls, we think that demand is best assessed by potential operators on commercial grounds alone.

The evidence we have received suggests that the demand test is currently employed by bookmakers to drive away competition. This restricts new trade and is not good for the punter. We recommend that the demand test should be abolished for betting shops.”

The demand test for betting shops, bingo halls and casinos was therefore replaced by a duty for the Gambling Commission to “aim … to permit gambling in so far as the Commission think it reasonably consistent with pursuit of the licensing objectives.”108 Section 153(2) of the Act imposes a similar duty on local authorities: “In determining whether to grant a premises licence a licensing authority may not have regard to the expected demand for the facilities which it is proposed to provide.”109


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