Challenging year for gambling industry and the regulator
Date: 27 July
The Gambling Commission has published its Annual report and
accounts for 2009/10.
The Commission’s focus for the year has been on working with the
industry, local authorities, the police and others in developing
the 2005 Gambling Act regulatory regime to make it more effective
while less burdensome. This has involved:
- developing the Commission’s risk-based approach to priority
setting, concentrating on issues and operators with regional and
- building up its and the industry’s knowledge base in the
practical implications of the Gambling Act 2005
- working with local authorities and the police, clarifying roles
and minimising duplication
- testing the degree of compliance, for example through test
- improving the information available to operators and
- working with the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, the
Responsible Gambling Fund and others to implement a more strategic
and effective approach to research, education and treatment of
The Commission also worked closely with the Department for
Culture, Media and Sport on two major policy initiatives - remote
gambling regulation and the Parry review of sports betting
integrity. From the latter, the Commission has implemented one of
the main recommendations of the Parry report in setting up a Sports
Betting Intelligence Unit.
”Like the industry, we have not escaped the impact of the
recession,” said Brian Pomeroy, the Commission’s Chairman.
“Consolidation, contraction and closures within the industry, as
well as some operators moving offshore have reduced our expected
fee income. With no fee increase this year, we have cut staff and
expenditure accordingly - by £1.3 million against the previous
“The next 12 months will be even more challenging with pressure
to become more effective. For example, to combat sports betting
corruption and other types of illegal gambling while reducing the
overall cost of regulation, and working with the National Lottery
Commission on the proposed merger.”
The Commission is an independent body funded in the main by
licence fees paid by the gambling industry but set by the Secretary
of State and approved by Parliament. All of its regulatory activity
is funded by licence fee income.
You can download the Commission’s 2009/10 annual report and
accounts from its website.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities
are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in
Great Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting,
which are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and
the Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. A separate industry statistics document that includes
basic information on each industry sector will be published on the
Commission’s website during August.
report and accounts 2009/10
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
or Mark Lepkowski on 0121 230 6540 or 07950 572145 or
email via firstname.lastname@example.org.