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Gambling Act 2005
Statement of Gambling Policy
Medway Council's Statement of Gambling Policy was approved by
the council and published in the local press and on the council website on 1 January 2016.
It came into effect on 1 February 2016 and outlines the way the
council, as the licensing authority, implements this
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The previous law on gambling was more than 30 years old, did not
cater for modern technology or the internet and had not kept up
with changes in society. The government reviewed the law to ensure
that it can respond flexibly to future technological and market
developments. The Gambling Act
2005 (the Act) received the Royal Assent on 7 April 2005.
removed all responsibility for granting gaming and betting
permissions from licensing justices. Instead, the Gambling
Commission and local authorities between them assumed
responsibility for all those matters previously regulated by
Who issues the appropriate licences and permits?
The Gambling Commission is
responsible for granting operating and personal licences to
commercial gambling operators and people working in the industry.
It will also regulate certain lottery managers and promoters.
Medway Council is the licensing authority and issues:
Private and non-commercial gaming and betting
- private gaming;
- non-commercial gaming;
- domestic betting;
- workers' betting.
Gaming machines are not allowed in taxi offices or takeaways
(such as fish and chip, kebab or pizza shops.)
Go to a list of the responsible authorities under the Gambling
Act 2005 in Medway.
In all cases, three licensing objectives must be considered:
- to prevent gambling from being a source of crime and disorder,
being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support
- to ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open
- to protect children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling.
For more information contact Licensing Unit by
telephone: Licensing Services - 01634 337107 or 337108 /
Enforcement - 01634 337112 or 337106 or by email: email@example.com
Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road,
Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR