Estimated Completion, End of 2016
May 8, 2017
In 2013 Transparency International UK called for the UK Government to produce a world class anti-corruption strategy. In 2014 the Government published its Anti-Corruption Plan; it was not perfect, but was a very credible attempt to bring together existing activities within a more coherent framework, set timetables and take ownership of an issues that other governments have ignored.
Without an over-arching anti-corruption strategy there was no discernible long term vision or goal to which the Plan was contributing or view of what a coordinated government approach to corruption would look like. And since the Summit, there have been a number of occasions – whether MPs taking second (or third) jobs, the introduction of a new anti-money laundering watchdog, or repeated revelations on the UK’s role in facilitating global corruption – which an Anti-Corruption Strategy would have given the public clarity on the Government’s attitude to certain issues.
At the Anti-Corruption Summit, the UK Government pledged to “develop a cross-government Anti-Corruption Strategy by the end of 2016, which will set out our long-term vision for tackling corruption, including how we will implement the [Summit] commitments”
In line with the Strategy commitments to publish updates on the gov.uk website, and provide an annual written update to Parliament, the Government published its UK Anti-Corruption Strategy: 1 Year Update in December 2018, complete with a ‘RAG’ chart classifying commitments according to the Government’s progress against them.