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The Gambling Commission’s annual report and accounts for 2014/15 has been published, which provides an overview of the Commission’s operations and financial position. The Commission has made significant progress in furthering its four key strategic aims of empowering and protecting consumers, raising standards, building partnership and understanding, and ensuring National Lottery good causes are maximised.

With almost a decade of regulating gambling, the Commission’s longstanding focus on looking to the industry to take responsibility for keeping gambling fair and safe is starting to pay off, though the pressure is still on for the industry to maintain the developing momentum in socially responsible gambling provision.

Philip Graf, Chairman of the Gambling Commission said:

“This year has seen us take an important step to strengthen the social responsibility requirements placed on gambling industry operators, particularly regarding protecting players and empowering them to better manage their own gambling. Also, the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 was introduced and extended gambling regulation to overseas operators offering gambling facilities to consumers in Great Britain.

“The gambling industry is an increasingly complex and convergent market place. Many challenges remain, and in the year ahead we will continue to work with our partners to develop our approach, particularly in response to technological advances and changes in society generally. We will ensure lessons continue to be learnt and shared from our compliance and enforcement programme, and look at how returns to good causes from the National Lottery can continue to be maximised.”

You can download the report from the Commission’s website. The Commission’s annual review which focuses on achievements and activity for the year will be published shortly. 

Notes to editors

  1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain. 
  2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice.  

Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk    

Posted on 14 July 2015