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Local risk assessments launched for land-based gambling venues

6th April 2016

From 6th April, all land-based gambling premises in the UK will have to complete a risk assessment to show that they have considered how to protect vulnerable and at-risk groups from problem gambling in their local area.

New requirements mean that all gambling premises in the UK need to have evidenced risk assessments focussing on their local area to ensure that they protect vulnerable and at-risk groups from problem gambling.

This requirement applies for all exisiting premises as well as any new premises license applications, and gambling operators will need to collaborate with local authorities to implement any recommended measures. 

GamCare support any steps aimed at reducing the risk of gambling-related harm. We welcome the introduction of local risk assessments for land-based gambling venues and we believe that a collaborative approach between licensing authorities, gambling operators and support services can help to reduce overall harm and improve informed choice about gambling participation.

GamCare can work with local authorities, the gambling industry and our local Partner Agencies to facilitate effective education, prevention and care for the benefit of local people and community support services.

For anyone who feels they may need support around problem gambling, for themselves or someone close to them, the National Gambling HelpLine is available seven days a week, 8am – Midnight on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat on the NetLine. HelpLine Advisers can also make referrals to our local counselling services across England, Scotland and Wales.