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The Gambling Commission’s annual report and accounts for 2013/14 has been published along with its annual review.

The report and accounts provides an overview of the Commission’s operations and financial position, while the review focuses on achievements and activity for the year. The final report and accounts for the National Lottery Commission, covering the period up to its merger with the Gambling Commission, has also been published.   

Philip Graf, Chairman of the Gambling Commission said:

“We have seen a significant expansion of our remit recently. The long awaited merger between the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission completed on 1 October 2013 which means that, subject to the overriding public protection objectives of keeping gambling fair and safe, we are now charged with ensuring that the National Lottery raises as much money as possible for good causes.

“Additionally, with the implementation of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act later this year, our remit is being extended to cover regulation of the 85% of the remote gambling market in Britain currently regulated overseas. This means that we will be better placed to protect players and to respond to and advise the government on emerging player protection and consumer risks and issues.

“Our work on tackling betting integrity issues is developing in line with the advances in online technology. Such advances mean that match fixing activity is no longer restricted by country boundaries but now has an international flavour – particularly relevant at the moment with the football World Cup well underway.

“We continue to focus on the important area of high stake, high prize gaming machines. As you know, the government is introducing new limits to stakes and prizes for some categories of machine while introducing further protections for those playing B2 machines.

“In addition we are now reviewing our licence conditions and codes of practice covering issues such as underage gambling, self-exclusion schemes and customer interaction – that is, how to ensure that operators both identify and mitigate the risks of gambling related harm at the earliest possible opportunity. We will be consulting on proposed changes in these areas shortly.”

You can download the reports and review from this website.

Notes to editors

  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. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. 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 spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice.

For further information please contact our press office on (0121) 230 6700 or email communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

Posted on 11 July 2014