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Licensing objectives

The Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab) sets out the following licensing objectives.

These are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

We are responsible for making sure all licensing applications meet these objectives.

Our Board of Commissioners, with a range of experience across different sectors, help us to meet our objectives.

The National Lottery

In our role to regulate The National Lottery, our objectives are:

  • ensuring that the interests of all players are protected
  • ensuring the Lottery is run with due propriety
  • that returns to good causes are maximised.

Statement of principles

We publish a statement of principles for licensing and regulation. These principles set out how we govern what we do and how they help to meet our licensing objectives.

Files

Some files may be not be accessible for users of assistive technology. If you require a copy of the file in an accessible format contact us with details of what you require. It would help us to know what technology you use and the required format.

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