Estimated Completion, End of 2016
May 8, 2017
Since 2013, Transparency International UK have been calling 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 is no discernible long term vision or goal to which the Plan is contributing or view of what a coordinated government approach to corruption should 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”. Transparency International UK welcomed this commitment, but we are now 5 months into 2017 and the Strategy has still not been published.
We are calling for the UK’s Anti-Corruption Strategy to set out the Government’s response and long-term vision in three areas:
The Strategy should look to last until 2030, and clear and credible actions should be set to assess the corruption risk in sectors where there is little information, and to prevent and tackle the problem in areas that we know are vulnerable. The Strategy should look to tell us: