Test purchasing is one way to ensure that gambling operators comply with the Gambling Act and the associated Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP). Not least for the purposes of age verification. Operators normally use 3rd party agencies to test the effectiveness of their policies and procedures. Smaller operators tend to work with their Trade Association.
The Commission has recently completed an informal consultation regarding test purchasing with the relevant bodies. Of direct relevance for an LA is that there is a specific requirement on an operator to share data with you regarding their age verification results should you request this information for premises within your jurisdiction.