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The UK’s leading anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International UK, is strongly critical of the official Guidance to the Bribery Act published by the Government today, even though it finally paves the way for the Act to come into force in July.
A report launched today by Transparency International UK reveals that the system for regulating the ‘revolving door’ between government and business is broken and needs a radical overhaul.  
As Transparency International today launches its 2011 progress report on enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, the organisation's UK Chapter has voiced grave concern over reports that the Government intends to close the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
The Bond Anti-Corruption Group, a group of NGOs including Transparency International UK, has written to the Prime Minister to express our concern at the current proposals for replacing the Serious Fraud Office. The text of the letter is below.
Transparency International UK has serious concerns about aspects of the Localism Bill. We believe that it could seriously undermine the oversight structures that have helped to reduce corruption in local government and, as an unintended consequence, create an environment that greatly increases the risk of corruption.
A report published today by Transparency International UK reveals that corruption is a much greater problem in the UK than recognised and that there is an inadequate response to its growing threat. More than half of the public believe that UK corruption is getting worse. The 3-volume report – the most extensive study into UK corruption ever undertaken - examines 23 sectors and concludes that key institutions are refusing to confront the problem.
As the 2010 Bribery Act comes into force on the 1st July, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International UK warns that the enforcement of the new Act could be undermined by a lack of resources.
Transparency International UK is calling for swift action to undo the damage caused by the phone hacking scandal.
On the eve of the Home Affairs Committee hearing into the phone hacking scandal, Transparency International UK warns that a lack of coordination will weaken momentum for deep, lasting reform. It draws four key lessons:
In the wake of serious bribery allegations involving GPT, the UK subsidiary of European defence company EADS, and the Saudi Royal family, Transparency International UK is calling on the Government to support a full investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
Two leading NGOs are calling for the aid and development community to manage corruption risks, not avoid countries where aid is needed most, as a parliamentary committee warns against DFID’s decision to focus aid on high-risk countries.
Bribing public officials when doing business abroad is a regular occurrence, according to a survey of 3,000 business executives from developed and developing countries.

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