Gambling Statement of Principles

Closed 6 Mar 2022

Opened 7 Feb 2022

Results expected 21 Mar 2022

Feedback expected 31 Mar 2022


East Lothian Council is carrying out a consultation exercise on their draft Gambling Statement of Principles.  The Gambling Act (2005) requires a Licensing Authority to prepare the Statement they propose to apply in exercising their functions under the Act.  The Statement must be reviewed every three years.

The Council is working with the Gambling Commission, Police Scotland, persons or organisations representing the interestes of persons carrying on gambling businesses and the wider general public to gather views on the revised draft Statement of Principles.

Why your views matter

The Statement of Principles should conform to the statutory requirements and take into account the most recent guidance issued by the Gambling Commission.  It also sets down an outline of the Gambling Licensing regime and the Board's role within that regime.  Central to this is the promotion of the three Licensing Objectives:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime;
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

You can download the draft Statement from the link below.

What happens next

All responses received will be submitted to the East Lothian Licensing Board.  Any proposed amendments will be discussed and agreed by the Licensing Board prior to the Statement of Principles being published.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Licensing
  • Gambling