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Gambling Act 2005 statement of principles


Under the Gambling Act 2005, the statement of principles sets out a number of regulatory functions in relation to gambling.

These serve as the basis for determining licence applications for a variety of gaming and betting facilities including bingo halls, betting offices, adult gaming centres, licensed family entertainment centres, small society lotteries, permits for prize-giving and gaming machines in pubs and clubs.

The current Gambling Act 2005 Statement of principles was adopted on 31 January 2019.

Statement objectives

The main objectives of the statement of principles are:

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

Download our  Icon for pdf Gambling Act Statement of Principles (PDF, 649.5kb) .

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