Annual Report and Accounts 2022 to 2023
The Gambling Commission is an independent non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (opens in new tab). We regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain. We are responsible for issuing personal gambling licences for key individuals and gambling operating licences for businesses.
We are also responsible for awarding the licence and regulating the operator of the National Lottery.
The Gambling Commission exists to make gambling safer, fairer and crime free.
We do this by licensing and regulating in the public interest and providing advice and guidance.
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 Great 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 336 employees, most of whom are normally based at our Birmingham office with hybrid working principles in place. We also have a number of employees who have a home-based contract.
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.
The National Lottery
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.
We want a safe, fair and crime free gambling market where the interests of consumers and the wider public are protected.
To achieve this outcome our Corporate Strategy 2021 to 2024 sets out the following five strategic objectives:
- protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling
- a fairer market and more informed consumers
- keeping crime out of gambling
- optimise returns to good causes from the National Lottery
- improving gambling regulation.
Overview of the British gambling sector
Last updated: 18 October 2023
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