Gambling Commission backs National Licensing Week

The Commission is delighted to be taking part in an event aimed at raising awareness of the importance of licensing and how it helps members of the public.

Now in its second year National Licensing Week highlights the significant role licensing plays in protecting consumers in everyday life – whether that be catching a taxi, buying a beer, purchasing a dog or placing a bet.

As part of this year’s event, which runs between 19 and 23 June, Commission colleagues will be out and about across the country offering support.

In Glasgow, compliance managers will be working with police inspecting betting shops and in Swansea and Bradford compliance managers will help licensing authorities carry out casino inspections. Meanwhile, in Bolton, Wigan, Salford, Dudley, Northampton, Luton and other areas compliance managers will be helping licensing authorities carry out inspections at a variety of gambling premises.

In Stratford Commission policy development manager Rob Burkitt will speak at the Institute of Licensing national training day about protecting young and vulnerable people.

Sharon McNair, Commission programme director for Industry insight and shared regulation, said: “So often the positive impact of licensing is overlooked and we’re delighted to help raise awareness.

“For instance, there are numerous rules and regulations that operators must follow in order to protect consumers of gambling products. These include our insistence that operators do not serve those who are underage, display gambling responsibly and addiction support services signs, and offer consumers who recognise they have a problem with gambling the option of self-excluding so they aren’t served again.