An overview of gambling laws in the UK

Here, we are going to take a brief look at the legislative framework surrounding gambling regulations in the UK.

From the 1960s onwards, the main types of gambling were each governed by different legislation. But, by the 90s, the pace of change in the gambling industry led to a call for new legislation. The new legislat ion which was eventually passed, also reflected the change in attitude when it comes to the gambling industry. It was first considered an unpreventable vice, but now it is being considered a form of adult entertainment instead. This is when the GRB (Gambling Review Body) was set up in the UK. It was responsible for looking at the gambling industry and how the laws needed to change in order to make them more appropriate.

In 2005, on the basis of a report submitted by the GRB, the Gambling Act was created. It was supposed to accommodate all casinos that were existing at the time the act was passed. This also made it so that local authorities couldn’t give casino licenses in their areas. But, the government finally announced that they were going to limit the licences issued for casinos to eight per region. But due to a lack of time, this number was reduced to one at the time of passing the bill.

There were three main objectives which the act was supposed to fulfill. Preventing gambling from becoming any sort of source for:

  • Crime or disorder
  • Being associated with crime or disorder in any way
  • Ensuring all sorts of gambling is conducted in an open and fair way
  • Used for supporting crime
  • Protecting vulnerable persons and children from being exploited or harmed by gambling

These are all very important objectives when it comes to licensed gambling regulation. As long as the Gambling Act meets all these objectives, things should be just fine!