Deadline for local authority returns nears
Licensing authorities are being reminded that submission of
their annual return to the Gambling Commission (the Commission) is
required by Monday 14 May.
The Commission requires annual returns from each authority in
Great Britain regarding local licensing activity under the Gambling
Act 2005. This year’s annual return covers the period 1 April 2011
to March 2012 and can be submitted and stored online at www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk.
The annual return is listed as a requirement in the Department
for Communities and Local Government’s Single Data List and is used
by the Commission in its advisory role to government. An
analysis and report based on the returns is published each
Last month the Commission wrote to all licensing authorities to
remind them of the detailed requirements for completing their
annual return. Further information can be found at http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
or by contacting the Commission on (0121) 230 6666.
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.Licensing authorities issue premises licences the
Commission issues gambling operating licences and provides
technical support and expertise to licensing authorities, local
police and other organisations, while concentrating its own
regulatory effort at a regional and national level.
- 4.The easiest way to submit the return is using the
Gambling Commission’s online system at
Alternatively a template can be downloaded from the licensing
authorities section of the Gambling Commission website and sent to
- 5.Licensing Authority Statistics for 2011/12 are
available online at
- Further information is available from the Commission's website.
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or email@example.com.