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“The UK’s prime minister is seeking support for her government in negotiations with a party leader who lost her hold on government over serious questions about the use of public funds.”

The Criminal Finances Act, which received Royal Assent in April, introduces new measures to tackle asset recovery and money laundering in the UK. A key element of the Act is Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) – an investigative tool to help law enforcement act on corrupt assets. This is something that Transparency International has been pushing for since 2014.

Incentives are meant to drive employee performance and benefit an organisation, but in practice they can lead to unethical and even corrupt behaviour. Incidents and scandals show that financial services firms are particularly vulnerable to fall-out from poor incentives, with serious consequences in the form of fines, heightened regulatory scrutiny and loss of consumer confidence.

This time last year the international anti-corruption community was focused on the world’s first Anti-Corruption Summit – an event that brought together 43 governments, represented by 11 Heads of Government, 5 international organisations and a range of civil society and business leaders.

On a warm Sunday evening at the beginning of spring last year, a new term resonated around the world, dominating the news agenda for the subsequent two weeks. A leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm – popularised as the Panama Papers – exploded into global headlines. Whilst the name may have

Surveys show that the British public believe our politics and politicians to be corrupt. But politicians don’t believe it, and all too often act in ways that seem to feather their own nests while ignoring the public interest.

This week, the OECD held its annual Integrity Forum – where a collection of experts from governments, inter-governmental organisations, business and civil society gather to discuss corruption. Robert Barrington discusses some of the key themes from this year’s meeting.

Jane Smith takes on blockchain technology in our latest guest blog – discussing how it can be used to clean up politics, help distribute aid, and undermine autocratic regimes whilst drawing on empirical examples.

Once a booming market, the trade in UK ‘Golden Visas’ seems to be on the wane. Despite recent claims that it received a post-Brexit boost, latest stats from the Home Office confirm this was merely a minor blip in a seemingly longer, downward trend.

As MPs debate the Criminal Finances Bill, Duncan Hames TI-UK’s Director of Policy looks at what more the bill could do.

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