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Anti-corruption NGO Transparency International UK, supported by FTI Consulting, Inc., the global business advisory firm, and Halcrow, the international infrastructure consultancy, has today published detailed Guidance to help companies meet the challenges of the new UK Bribery Act.  The Bribery Act marks an historic step change in the UK’s fight against corporate bribery, most of whose victims are the poorest people in the poorest countries.  
Recent revelations about irregularities in MPs’ expense claims grievously undermine the legitimacy of Parliament. They raise doubts in the public mind over the motives of our parliamentarians. Regarding the UK’s parliamentarians as a body of honest and trustworthy men and women who act in the public interest, rather than for personal gain, is becoming increasingly difficult. Without trust in Parliament, democracy is tarnished and voter apathy encouraged. 
Responding to reports that the Government is proposing to change the way that senior civil servants are appointed, Transparency International UK  today warned that this could substantially raise the risk of corruption at the heart of government.
A new index published today by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International reveals that while several British companies perform well on transparency measures, there is scope for improvement, particularly in the financial sector.
The abuse by Barclays’ personnel of their positions of trust for the sake of corporate and indirect private gain was ethically corrupt behaviour and warrants an independent investigation, says Transparency International UK.
Commenting on the Ministry of Justice’s decision to delay the publication of the Government’s guidance to companies on adequate procedures for preventing bribery, Chandrashekhar Krishnan, Executive Director of Transparency International UK, said:
In the wake of intense last-minute lobbying, reinforced by negative and misleading coverage in some quarters of the media, the commencement of the 2010 Bribery Act has again been delayed. 
As public concern grows over the need for urgent UK action on the stolen assets of corrupt Middle East leaders, the UK’s leading anti-corruption watchdog has today called on the UK Government to implement a four-point action plan:
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.

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