Participation and prevalence research
The Gambling Commission
We license and regulate commercial gambling within Great Britain, including the National Lottery, with the exception of spread betting which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Our functions under the Act include:
- licensing operators and individuals
- monitoring compliance with licence conditions and the law
- investigation and enforcement, both in relation to licensees and illegal (unlicensed) gambling
- providing advice to central and local government on the incidence, manner, effects and regulation of gambling.
We have a statutory duty to aim to permit gambling provided that it is reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives.
Last updated: 9 April 2021
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