We want to make sure that the gambling industry continues to be run responsibly, so that it provides a safe and enjoyable leisure activity, which is also an important source of revenue and jobs.
We want to:
- keep gambling crime-free
- make sure that gambling is fair and open
- protect children and vulnerable adults
- making sure the Gambling Commission has the resources and powers to regulate the gambling industry and protect consumers
- exploring options for replacing the Horserace Betting Levy, which distributes funding from betting shops to the horseracing industry
- proposing to licence all overseas-based remote gambling operators who want to engage with British consumers
- removing red tape, including regular reviews of gaming machines stakes and prizes
The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate gambling in Great Britain. It shares the job of regulating gambling with local authorities (and licensing boards in Scotland), who concentrate on localised issues.
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is responsible for government policy on racing, but the industry is regulated by independent bodies:
- horseracing is regulated and governed by the British Horseracing Authority
- greyhound racing is regulated by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain
Bills and legislation
The Gambling Act 2005 sets out how gambling in Great Britain should be regulated, including arcades, betting, bingo, casinos, gaming machines, society lotteries and remote gambling operations. The Gambling Act 2005 came fully into force on 1 September 2007.
We have published a draft Bill which would require all ‘remote gambling operators’, such as gambling websites and betting call centres, to obtain a Gambling Commission licence if they want to offer their services to British customers, regardless of the country in which the operator is based.