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Gambling businesses from across the south east of England are expected to attend a workshop aimed at ensuring their activity is safe and crime-free today.

Run by the Gambling Commission, with the support of Brighton and Hove City Council, the workshop at Civic Hall in Crawley will provide advice about tackling money laundering, and helping gamblers stay safe using local risk assessments and self-exclusion tools.

Local risk assessments help businesses ensure they have considered nearby risks when running their business – such as their proximity to schools and homeless shelters – and the self-exclusion scheme helps consumers who would like to take steps to stop gambling.

Representatives from the region’s adult gaming centres, betting shops and bingo halls are expected at today’s workshop.

Helen Venn, Programme Director at the Gambling Commission, said: “Raising standards across the whole gambling industry is at the heart of our latest strategy to shape a well-regulated gambling market that works for consumers.

“It’s been a really important opportunity for us to engage with smaller operators on a face-to-face basis, but also to re-emphasise with gambling businesses the importance of taking their anti-money laundering and social responsibility requirements seriously.”

While workshop sessions on common compliance, anti-money-laundering, and self-exclusion will be run by Commission representatives the session on local risk assessments will be supported by Brighton and Hove City Council.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s Chair of Licensing, Jackie O'Quinn said: “BHCC recognises that certain groups are more vulnerable to gambling-related harm. With this in mind, we have developed a local area profile toolkit that helps operators carry out risk assessments and identify and help those who may be at higher risk of harm.”


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Posted on 07 December 2017