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Discussing the key issues around a forthcoming consultation on the Guidance to Licensing Authorities (GLA) was the one of the aims of the Gambling Commission’s Local Authority Liaison Unit (LALU), when it attended the Institute of Licensing Officers (IOL) conference in Birmingham.

The GLA is about to have a number of significant changes proposed as a result of experience gained from better understanding of the issues facing licensing authorities, and a recent Commission consultation on social responsibility in its licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP). 

GLA helps licensing authorities develop their policies and procedures by setting out the more detailed way in which they may exercise their functions under the Gambling Act 2005. 

Rob Burkitt, from the Commission’s LALU team, said: 

“This conference provided an ideal forum for us to highlight the forthcoming consultation on GLA and what licensing authorities might expect to be included in it. We wanted to particularly focus on the player protection provisions which are included in both the LCCP consultation and will also feature in the GLA consultation. These include requirements to improve player monitoring, self exclusion arrangements and more effective controls to prevent underage gambling.” 

The Commission attends the IOL conference each year, as well as many other regional council events where Commission compliance managers offer advice and support to licensing authorities on issues such as the supply of illegal gaming machines and how to deal with members clubs and other premises suspected of offering illegal poker.  

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.

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Posted on 18 November 2014