The DCN has responded to the a consultation by DCMS relating to how councils license local gambling premises,
We expressed concerns that proposals would not move licensing services onto a fair financial footing, and called for more powers for councils to assess areas where there may be a cumulative impact from multiple premises located in one area.
“The planning and licensing systems are the ideal place to make an assessment about where it is appropriate to introduce new premises.”
“Our view is that this is an important step towards ensuring that licensing authorities are properly funded for the costs incurred in regulating these premises and tackling any social harm. Any increase must be implemented no later than November 2023.”
You can read the full response here.