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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


1 - Introduction

3.1. The Commission is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (opens in new tab). It is governed by a board of Commissioners appointed by the Secretary of State. The Commission is publicly funded, although its funding is derived in the main from licence fees that holders of operating and personal licences are required to pay, rather than coming from the Exchequer.

3.2. In common with licensing authorities, the Commission has a statutory duty to pursue and have regard to the licensing objectives as set out in s.1 of the Act, and to permit gambling so far as it thinks is reasonably consistent with them.

3.3. The Commission is required to publish and consult on a Statement of Principles for Licensing and Regulation which sets out how the Commission approaches its regulatory and other functions under the Act.

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