Licensing makes a fundamental contribution to how our communities develop, live, work and relax. With the right tools, councils can use licensing to significantly improve the chances of businesses and residents moving to an area, whether in the heart of London or in a more rural district.
The Local Government Association has raised repeated concerns about the impact of high stakes Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and betting shop clustering in local communities. We were therefore pleased that the Government launched the review of gaming machine stakes in 2016.
This guidance aims to help councils understand the full breadth of issues that should be considered when setting local licence fees in order to meet legal obligations and provide the necessary reassurances to local businesses.
Councils using this tool will need to review and adapt the template to provide tailored information on their offer for businesses, local branding and contact details. Councils may want to work with other councils in their area or local business organisations to produce a joint publication that can offer the most support and impact for businesses.
Read the accompanying guidance on