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Corporate Governance Framework

Our corporate governance framework sets out the necessary responsibilities and procedures that guarantee we operate properly.

  1. Contents
  2. Accountability


2.15 The Gambling Commission demonstrates its accountability to its stakeholders by publishing the following documents:

  • the Statement of Principles for Licensing and Regulation to explain how we exercise our functions
  • a Corporate strategy which explains what we will do to meet our statutory objectives, underpinned by an annual Business Plan, which explains what we will deliver each year
  • Annual report and accounts which are laid before Parliament, to show our income, spending and delivery in the previous year
  • the Framework Agreement with Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to explain the rules that we must follow
  • arrangements for the conduct of our proceedings, as required by Schedule 4 of the Gambling Act 2005. These rules are set out in Appendix 2 to this document: Rules for the conduct of business.

2.16 The Commission applies the following standards to our work:

  • consulting widely on our approach to regulation, programme and fees proposals, and publishing our response
  • the principles of the Regulators’ Code (opens in new tab)
  • keeping the Commission’s regulatory approach under review and making changes where appropriate (for example to reflect experience or new developments).

2.17 The Commission takes the following action to ensure we are accountable for our actions:

  • asking the DCMS Permanent Secretary to appoint the Chief Executive as Accounting Officer
  • having our accounts externally audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General
  • undertaking a programme of internal audit
  • having a clear complaints process
  • having a clear whistleblowing process.

2.18 The Commission takes the following steps to demonstrate and review effectiveness:

  • collects information about operational and financial performance, which is tracked against the budget and business plan. This information is reviewed quarterly by the Commission and DCMS and underpins the audited annual report and accounts
  • at least once a year, the Commission compares its performance against the terms of this Corporate Governance Framework through a Board Effectiveness Review
  • the Commission’s performance against targets is reported and reviewed by DCMS at quarterly liaison meetings. The Secretary of State or Minister will meet with the Chair and Chief Executive formally each year to discuss the Commission’s performance, its current and future activities and any policy developments relevant to those activities
  • the effectiveness of the Commission will be reviewed periodically, in accordance with the business needs of DCMS and the Commission, and following Cabinet Office guidance. The terms of this Corporate Governance Framework and the Commission’s compliance with it will be part of any such review.
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