Online gambling

South Kesteven District Council says tougher rules needed for online gambling

Stricter rules are needed for online gambling, council leaders said.

Current national regulations are causing “unnecessary hardship”, South Kesteven District Council Cabinet has heard.

Draft new licensing principles were adopted this week for betting shops, bingo halls, casinos and other places that allow gambling.

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However, Councilor Robert Reid (Con) said online regulations – which are beyond the council’s control – needed to be addressed.

“What this policy is not responsible for is online gambling and that is something that is currently in the headlines. Safeguards are hopefully forthcoming in a government white paper,” he said during the cabinet meeting.

“It’s something that I think definitely needs to be reinforced and leads to unnecessary difficulties that could be avoided.

“This is a matter not only dear to my heart, but to every cabinet member and officer.”

Social media and TikTok have been criticized for not doing enough to protect young users from gambling exposure.

Council leader Kelham Cooke (Con) said: “We all have friends and family members who have suffered from forms of addiction, and sadly gambling is one of those forms that affects so many people in our community.

“Anything we can do to support members through signage and our hardship fund, we will.”

The licensing principles aim to allow gambling without it becoming a source of crime, disorder or exploitation for children and vulnerable people.

According to the report, small company lotteries are the most common form of licensed gambling in South Kesteven, with 147.

There are also 104 pubs or restaurants with slot machines, nine betting houses and an adult games centre.

The statement of principles is revised every three years.

The latest update will cover the period 2023 to 2026, following a consultation period over the past few months.