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 8 December 2021.
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
- to protect children and other vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling