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Strategic Objective 3: Keeping crime out of gambling

Core regulatory activity

Our focus will be to protect consumers and the wider public, and to raise standards in the gambling industry through targeted action. Our aims are to:

  • reduce the risks to the licensing objectives
  • ensure that any lessons are shared with the wider gambling industry
  • deter other operators from engaging in non-compliant and harmful activity.

We will undertake intelligence-led disruption and enforcement initiatives relating to illegal gambling.

Our Sports Betting Intelligence Unit collect information and develop intelligence on betting related corruption. The unit also provides support to major sporting events by helping organisers manage the potential risks of match-fixing or other betting integrity related issues. We support many of the major sporting tournaments, including, where required, the Ashes, Rugby World Cup, Wimbledon, and the Women's Football World Cup in 2023.

From April, the collection of the Economic Crime Levy will become part of our core regulatory work. The Financial Service Act 2021 (opens in new tab) established the Gambling Commission as one of the Supervisory Authorities, along with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We estimate that around 60 (out of 186) casino licensees would be in scope for the Economic Crime Levy, which is based on United Kingdom (UK) revenue.

Strategic deliverables

In addition to our core regulatory work, we will:

Identify and undertake high impact interventions to disrupt unlicensed operators targeting consumers in Great Britain

Alongside our ongoing intelligence-led disruption efforts, we will engage with relevant third parties and identify what further high impact interventions can be made to make it difficult to provide illegal gambling at scale in Great Britain. In doing so, we will take account of the outputs of the Government's Review of the Gambling Act 2005.

Publish evidence gaps and priorities assessment

In addition to improving our evidence base on gambling related harms this work will seek to provide a greater understanding of the nature and impact of the illegal market.

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