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Interim Business Plan and Budget 2022 to 2023

Foreword from Andrew Rhodes, Chief Executive

The Gambling Commission was established in 2007 to regulate the gambling market. Over the last 15 years, the sector has changed extensively. It is now generating £14 billion in Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) annually and has an online sector that is larger than bricks and mortar, premises-based gambling. Whilst the Commission has been adapting to these changes, our three statutory objectives - to keep crime out of gambling, ensure that gambling is conducted fairly and openly and protecting people from gambling related harms - remain as important now as they did when we were created.

In 2020 Government announced its Gambling Act Review and as a statutory advisor to Government we continue to input to that review and prepare for any actions required of us that come out of it. Since I joined in June 2021, we have also welcomed a new Chair, Marcus Boyle, and our new leadership team has already shaped and refocussed our priorities for 2022 to 2023.

This business plan reflects the reality of needing to deliver our existing programme of work, as well as adapting to the relevant recommendations and initiatives set out in the Government’s White Paper, resulting from the Gambling Act Review, as well as several emerging areas which will present themselves during the year. As a result, the Commission will deliver everything set out in this plan, but the plan does not represent everything we will deliver in the coming year and beyond. As we assimilate the outcomes of the White Paper and further develop our plans in relation to other areas, such as the use of technology, research and statistics and our regulatory approach, our plans will naturally need to adapt and be augmented.

We are on track to deliver a nationally significant programme, the fourth National Lottery Competition. The Commission has delivered a fair, open and robust competition and have announced the Preferred Applicant to operate the next National Lottery licence. In 2022 to 2023 the Programme commences its Implementation Period of 22 months with the new licence scheduled to begin in February 2024 with a 10-year licence term ending January 2034. We are working with all parties to ensure a smooth transition from the third to the fourth licence.

Overall, I am incredibly proud of the work the Commission has achieved in 2021 to 2022, but also acknowledge there is some positive change still required. In some areas we have had some hard lessons to learn, from which we have already made significant changes.

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