Corruption in the United Kingdom
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Corruption in the United Kingdom

Corruption in the United Kingdom, in the public sector, is defined by public servants using their office for private gain.[1] Public sector corruption in the United Kingdom is perceived to be mostly rare with Transparency International rating the United Kingdom joint 11th out of 180 in their 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index.[2]

The United Kingdom currently has numerous laws that punish civil servants for bribery and other forms of corruption, with the Bribery Act 2010 currently the most relevant.[3] Though the UK has long maintained a high rating in the Corruption Perceptions Index, public discontent as well as dissatisfaction has persisted, with criticism from newspapers also having so as well.[4][5] This has largely been because of the UK's fall from the top 10 in the CPI.[6][7][8]

The Bribery Act 2010 is currently the most relevant law in the United Kingdom that punishes public and private bribery. The law does not make any distinction in sentencing between those who bribe (or are bribed) in the public or private sector.[3]


  1. ^ "Corruption and the UK". Transparency International UK. Archived from the original on July 13, 2020. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "2020 - Corruption Perceptions Index". Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b Country Review Report of the United Kingdom (PDF). United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 2013. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Monbiot, George (2020-09-10). "If you think the UK isn't corrupt, you haven't looked hard enough". The Guardian. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "We need to talk about corruption in the UK". Retrieved .
  6. ^ Binham, Caroline. "UK drops out of top 10 in global anti-corruption rankings". Financial Times. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Millard, Rachel (2020-01-23). "UK takes one step down in global corruption rankings". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Hope, Christopher. "Transparency International's 2009 corruption index: the full ranking of 180 countries". The Telegraph. Retrieved .

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