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Assessing the impact

Gambling Minister, Richard Caborn MP, has said that a scoping study is currently under way, which will establish the methodology for the assessment of the social and economic impact of all the new casinos permitted by the Gambling Act 2005. Baseline studies in the individual locations will be undertaken in the relevant areas next year and the Government will then undertake an assessment of the social and economic impact of the new casinos no earlier than three years after the award of the first premises licence.

The Campaign Against Super-Casino Expansion believes that this is not a sufficient reassurance and urges the Government to undertake an assessment of the regional casino no earlier than three years after the casino opens for business.

The impact of the Super-Casino should be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Social impacts of the development – the increase in problem gamblers and the effectiveness of measures to deal with addiction as well as monitoring crime and anti-social behaviour levels.
  • Regeneration impact – including adverse economic impacts of the regional casino on local businesses, job distribution and leisure spend
  • The prospect of commercial success and whether the regional casino has resulted in a negative or positive impact for the local economy.

The social and economic impact testing needs to be undertaken independently without the involvement of the industry or interested local councils in the process. The Casino Advisory Panel has concluded that Manchester is the best place to carry out this assessment. No further increase in casino numbers should be contemplated until the end of an assessment period that is at least three years after the casino opens it doors for business.

 

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Councillor Steven Bate. Blackpool Council, Campaign Organiser.

 

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