According to the reports in the local press, the Bradford City Council may raise the fees for obtaining a license to operate gambling premises in the district.
The city council would be meeting next week to decide on the license fees to be charged for allowing businesses and operators to run betting shops and bingo halls. The revised fees would, however, be applicable only from the coming year.
It is expected that the fees hike could be around two percent and would be in tune with the inflation.
According to a report that has been shared with the committee the fee revision “will ensure that the licensing service continues to recover its reasonable costs of processing applications, on-going compliance checks and maintenance of statutory public registers.”
At present, to get a new betting shop license, the businesses have to pay a fee of £2398. With the revised license fees, the same permits would cost £2,445.
The annual fee for a betting shop license will also become more expensive as businesses would then have to shell £565 instead of £554 per year.
The next meeting would be on Tuesday, the coming week.
Earlier today, the UK Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson called for creating a gambling ombudsman to protect consumers.