Annual report and Accounts 2019 to 2020
Making gambling fairer and safer
Who we are
The Gambling Commission exists to safeguard consumers and the wider public by ensuring that gambling is fair and safe.
We are committed to making gambling safer and we do this by placing consumers at the heart of regulation and maintaining the integrity of the gambling industry.
We are an independent non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (opens in new tab) and license operators and individuals in Britain that provide arcades, gaming machines, betting, lotteries, bingo, remote gambling (online, telephone), casinos and gambling software. We are also responsible for awarding the licence for the National Lottery.
There are two main pieces of legislation that underpin our work:
- the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab) (as amended) which sets the framework for the regulation of gambling in Britain
- the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (opens in new tab) which sets out the framework within which we regulate the National Lottery.
We have 340 employees, most are normally based at our Birmingham office. There are also around 20 people based in London working on the Forth National Lottery Licence Competition.
We regulate in the public interest as guided by our statutory duties to:
- prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime
- ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
- protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
In respect of the National Lottery, our objectives are to ensure that:
- every lottery that forms part of the National Lottery is run with all due propriety
- the interests of every participant in the National Lottery are protected
- subject to the above two duties, to secure that the net proceeds of the National Lottery are as great as possible.
Last updated: 13 November 2020
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