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How we regulate

We exist to safeguard players and the wider public by ensuring gambling is fair and safe.

Published: 1 January 2021

Last updated: 4 December 2023

This version was printed or saved on: 13 June 2024

Online version: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/about-us/guide/how-we-regulate

Overview: We exist to safeguard players and the wider public by ensuring gambling is fair and safe.

The main ways we do this is by:

The Gambling Commission’s functions are set out in the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab) as amended by the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (opens in new tab).

Our statement of principles for licensing and regulation

We are required to produce a statement setting out the principles we apply in carrying out our functions. The statement underpins our work and explains the key principles that help us pursue the licensing objectives. This statement does not apply to the exercise of our functions in relation to the National Lottery.

Our Statement of principles for licensing and regulation underpins our work. We have also developed a number of policies which build on that statement and govern how we will carry out certain aspects of our work, including:

Our strategy

Our Corporate Strategy highlights the most important work we intend to deliver over the next three years.

View our Corporate Strategy.

Our strategic objectives

Our strategic objectives for the next three years are:

  1. Protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling
  2. A fairer market and more informed consumers
  3. Keeping crime out of gambling
  4. Optimise returns to good causes from The National Lottery
  5. Improving gambling regulation.

Our mission

Our mission is to make gambling fairer and safer. We do that by licensing and regulating in the public interest and providing advice and guidance.

Our vision

We want a fair and safe gambling market where all consumers and the interests of the wider public are protected.

You can read more corporate documents in our publication scheme.

Our role in protecting vulnerable people

'When consumers are in a vulnerable situation, they may be significantly less able to understand the risks of gambling and the terms and conditions; and they may be at higher risk of experiencing negative outcomes from gambling.'.

We have produced a statement which summarises our approach to identifying, supporting and protecting consumers who are in vulnerable situations.

It brings together information from existing Gambling Commission policy and guidance documents to help provide consolidated information about how we take account of consumer vulnerability in our work.

It is intended to help gambling businesses, gambling consumers, the general public, and other regulators and organisations understand our approach and expectations.

Read our Vulnerability statement: Our approach to identifying and supporting vulnerable consumers throughout the customer journey.

How we are funded

Our work is funded by fees set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). These fees are paid by the gambling businesses and individuals we license.

Our work for The National Lottery is paid by a grant from the National Lottery Distribution Fund.

We are committed to be an open and transparent organisation. You can read our publication scheme to find more information, such as our spending reports.