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gambling bodies

Information about regulatory bodies, trade bodies and help organisations.

Regulatory bodies

  • Gambling Commission
    Regulates gambling for the public, issues licences to operators and individuals and provides independent advice to Government on UK gambling
  • Financial Services Authority
    Independent body regulating the UK financial services industry, including spread betting, with rule-making, investigatory and enforcement powers
  • Local authorities
    License premises being used for gambling
  • Local Government Regulation
    Provides advice and guidance to support local authority regulatory and related services, which exist to protect the public
  • National Lottery Commission
    Regulates the Lottery to make sure that players are treated fairly, with their interests protected, and that the operator maximises public benefits of the Lottery

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Trade bodies

  • Association of British Bookmakers
    Leading trade association representing bookmakers in the UK, helping sustain conditions where socially responsible British bookmakers can compete and prosper
  • Bingo Association
    The Bingo Association is the trade association of the licensed bingo industry in Great Britain, representing 90 proprietors, which between them operate 602 bingo clubs
  • British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA)
    Represents the UK's pay-to-play leisure industry. The largest gambling trade association, it aims to improve the industry’s image, encourage good and responsible working practices and help create the right trading environment for its members
  • Business in Sport and Leisure
    An umbrella organisation representing the interests of over 100 private sector companies in the sport, leisure and hospitality industries, with working groups in employment, gaming, liquor licensing, property and sport
  • Casino Operators Association (COA)
    Formed in 2001 to represent smaller casino operators
  • Lotteries Council
    Helps people who want to set up a lottery as part of a fundraising programme. Represents the common interest of both large and small fund-raisers in all areas from charities to sporting bodies
  • National Casino Industry Forum
    The National Casino Industry Forum (NCiF) is the major trade body representing the land based casino industry.  NCiF represents all the major operators in the UK and the majority of smaller operators who together currently hold 161 of the issued 186 casino licences
  • Remote Gambling Association
    Represents the world's largest and most well known remote gambling companies on key issues to regulators, legislators, and key decision makers around the world

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Help organisations

  • Citizens Advice
    Helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice, and by influencing policymakers
  • CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic
    The only NHS Clinic in the UK for the treatment of problem gambling  
  • Debt Advice Foundation
    UK debt advice charity offering free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about debt
  • Directgov
    UK government website pages on dealing with debt problems
  • Gam-Anon
    Unites and supports people affected by the problem gambling of their partners, relatives or close friends
  • Gamblers Anonymous
    Unites people who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and helps other compulsive gamblers do the same
  • GamCare
    A registered charity with a non-judgemental approach to gambling, and a leading authority on the provision of information, advice and practical help to reduce the social impact of gambling
  • Gordon Moody Association
    Provides residential treatment for severely addicted gamblers, as well as providing outreach support and Internet counselling service
  • NCH Children's Charity (previously the National Children's Home)
    Helps children achieve their full potential, through services that support some of the most vulnerable and excluded UK children
  • National Debtline
    Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems
  • Gambling Research, Education and Treatment foundation (GREaT)
    An independent trust, provided with voluntary funding by the gambling industry, to research and limit problem gambling
  • Telephone Helplines Association
    The main source of specialist information relating to setting up and running non-profit helplines in the UK and Ireland. Provides advice, consultancy and training on the provision of quality helpline services for the voluntary and statutory sectors


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