The Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) has launched a new research project to review and consider new ways to improve local government’s scrutiny of activity to tackle gambling harms.
Local authorities through their licensing roles, are an essential part of the system of gambling regulation alongside national regulation and public health activity. Local government scrutiny has a vital role to play in supporting and providing oversight of local activity to tackle gambling harms across a range of partners.
As identified in the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, local action is successful when it is collaborative and evidence-led. This project, funded by an approved regulatory settlement, will bring together examples and evidence from around the country, drawing on existing scrutiny activity and learning through practical work in three councils,
Are you a councillor or an officer for a local authority which tackles gambling harm?
Tell CfPS how your scrutiny committee supports this work
CfPS is calling for local authorities to provide details of scrutiny work related to local strategies and activities to tackle gambling harms. Expressions of interest are also sought from councils wishing to take part in local inquiry days providing an opportunity to access CfPS expert support and facilitation to explore in more detail local activity and identify areas where scrutiny could add value. The insight and learning will be shared via national learning events and a new publication. The guidance will be published in Summer 2020.
To share your council’s experience of using its scrutiny committee to tackle problems created by gambling, please email firstname.lastname@example.org