Renewed co-operation between the Gambling Commission and local authorities
Date: 24 March
Today sees the publication of the updated Concordat, the
agreement between the Gambling Commission (the Commission) and
licensing authorities which ensures smooth supervision of the
gambling industry and with it the protection of the gambling
The Concordat is based on a set of principles to help the
industry comply with the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act). The key
aims are to prevent gambling from being a source of crime and
disorder, to ensure that it is fair and open, and above all, to
protect children and vulnerable individuals from being exploited or
harmed by gambling.
Whilst the Commission is required by the Act to permit gambling
so far as it thinks it reasonably consistent with the licensing
objectives and to publish guidance regarding licensing authorities
exercising their powers, the authorities should aim to permit
premises to be used for gambling, provided the required licensing
objectives are met.
The Concordat is an agreement between the Commission and
licensing authorities, facilitated by the Local Authorities
Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS). It is intended
to establish a common understanding of the responsibilities of the
Commission and the licensing authorities as defined by the
Act. It is also a response to the Hampton Review of
regulation, published last year, which called for improved
co-operation between the Commission and licensing authorities in
regulating the gambling industry.
As the Concordat makes clear, it is up to licensing authorities
to ensure that gambling premises comply with the Commission’s
guidelines and with their own three-year licensing policy. For
its part, the Commission will strive to minimise the regulatory
burden on the industry and to allow for local authorities’
variations in their approach.
This joint approach to regulation necessitates a mutual
appreciation of both parties’ responsibilities and a willingness to
work together effectively. A set of protocols detailing how
the principles outlined above are to be met will shortly be
Gambling is a fast-evolving industry and with this in mind, the
Commission will endeavour to notify local authorities of any
changes both promptly and regularly.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest. 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 is 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)
- 3. Further detail on the Commission’s guidance to
local authorities on issues of licensing can be found on the
- 4. Concordat agreement for working with licensing
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.