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Guidance to licensing authorities

Our guidance for licensing authorities.


1 - Underlying principles

13.1 Shared regulation depends on effective partnerships and collaboration. The exchange of information between the Commission and licensing authorities is an important aspect of that and to the benefit of both. Licensing authorities play a particular role in sharing information about gambling activity at a local level, which is important for the Commission’s overarching view of gambling activity, not least because that enables the Commission to identify risks and feed information and intelligence back to licensing authorities. It also enables the Commission to fulfil its duty to advise the Secretary of State about the incidence of gambling and the manner in which it is conducted.

13.2 The Commission has access to a wide pool of intelligence which it is able to make available to licensing authorities upon request, to support them in carrying out their regulatory responsibilities under the Act. The Commission understands the importance of this in avoiding the risk of duplication or over-regulation and in maximising the efficient use of resources. In a similar manner, the Commission will draw upon the intelligence and insights of its regulatory partners to resolve specific issues. There have been a number of instances where there has been successful joint working to address concerns linked to a particular operator.

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