There are many important organisations when it comes to gambling in the UK. As the industry’s regulator, the UK Gambling Commission is probably the most important. However, it’s not the only big player.
UK Gambling Commission
|Organisation||UK Gambling Commission|
|Headquarter||Victoria Square House, Birmingham, B2 4BP|
|Function||Executive non-departmental public body|
The UK Gambling Commission is the regulator for the gambling industry in the UK. The Commission is responsible for the licensing process for bookmakers, as well as creating a framework they must follow. The Commission enforces its policies and can fine operators who are found to have not complied with British gambling law.
Independent Betting Adjudication Service
|Organisation||Independent Betting Adjudication Service|
|Function||Gambling Dispute Resolution|
The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) is a dispute resolution body that acts in instances of disputes between consumers and bookmakers. If a consumer can not settle a dispute with an operator, for example around payment for a bet, then they can turn to IBAS for an independent resolution service. IBAS is approved by the UKGC.
EGBA (European Gaming and Betting Association)
|Organisation||European Gaming and Betting Association|
The European Gaming and Betting Association is based in Brussels and is the industry body representing operators. The group’s mission is to promote a safe digital environment for players in Europe. To do this, it works with national and EU authorities, as well as other stakeholders, to help direct policy and regulation in the right direction.
European Sports Security Association
|Organisation||International Betting Integrity Association|
|Function||Promote Sport Integrity|
The European Sports Security Association is the body that looks to combat match-fixing in sport and maintain integrity. To do this, the ESSA looks closely at betting activity for signs of suspicious patterns. A core principle of the ESSA is to protect operators and consumers, as well as the bodies that represent sports themselves. The ESSA works together with a number of regulators, including the UK Gambling Commission.
|Headquarter||Charing Cross Rd, London, UK|
GambleAware is an independent charity operating in the UK aimed at reducing gambling-related harms. GambleAware is funded by donations from the industry and is the leading problem gambling charity in the UK. The group raises £8m each year and puts this towards initiatives, education, training programmes, and rehabilitation services for those suffering from gambling-related harm.