The UK Gambling Commission
The Gambling Commission is an entity that was established under the Gaming Act of 2005. This entity has the task of regulating all commercial gambling taking place in Great Britain and performs this task in partnership with the country’s licencing authorities.
On 1 October 2013 the responsibilities of the National Lottery Commission was transferred over to the Gambling Commission. This meant the Gambling Commission is now being tasked with the regulation of the National Lottery. The Commission is a non-departmental body which is independent and has the sponsorship of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. There are over 215 employees who work mostly in the Commission’s Birmingham offices and about 30 colleagues who are home-based.
The work of the Gambling Commission is funded by fees that are set by the DCMS and are paid by all the individuals and organizations with a valid gambling licence.
What They Do
Gambling is permitted in Great Britain through public engagement and effective regulation to ensure it is fair and open, crime free, and proper protection is provided to vulnerable people and children. There is a need to ensure returns to the National Lottery good causes are being maximized. The Commission licenced individuals and operators in Great Britain who provide various services. This will include any arcades, bingo, casinos, betting, gambling software, lotteries, and gaming machines. Remote gambling operators using equipment which is British-based are also issued a licence.
The Great Britain lottery is currently being run by Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd. This is the only entity in Great Britain that is a commercial operator with a gambling licence for this purpose.
How They Regulate
The Gambling Commission regulates gambling in a way which is accountable, transparent, consistent, and proportionate. This is done using an approach that is risk-based. Their resources are being focused on operators and issues which have the potential to present the biggest risk to ongoing objectives.
Every operator engaging in any form commercial gambling that has a valid gambling licence under the Gambling Act is bound to comply with this act. Operators also need to comply with Licence conditions and codes of practice. The operator of the National Lottery is issued a separate licence.
The Gambling Commission is tasked to ensure the National Lottery operator complies with the licence that has been issued. There is also monitoring and an insistence the operator is able to deliver the most money that is possible for causes good for the country. The Commission also combats gambling that is illegal and sports betting related to corruption in sporting events.
Regular clean communications are used when publishing the way relevant legislation is interpreted for support, compliance, and enforcement activities. Various information and intelligence will be gathered for maintaining their evidence base and advising the government. The Commission also works with an assortment of other regulators in Great Britain. This includes the police, HM Revenue and Customs, as well as licencing authorities.
What They Do Not Do
The Gambling Commission does not directly address consumer complaints. They are not able to help a consumer get their money back or rule on any prize in dispute from the National Lottery. The National Lottery operator has procedures in place to handle any player complaints. Local operators will also set up procedures for handling consumer complaints.
Gambling websites are also not regulated by the Gambling Commission. The websites available to the residents of Great Britain are typically regulated and based overseas. However, new legislation may be created to address overseas operators targeting British residents to obtain a gambling licence. Any player who has concerns should check to see who regulates any type of online gambling operation.