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Everyone is asking the question, but we still struggle to find an answer. Emphasising the danger of complacency, Dr Robert Barrington writes that UK corruption does indeed exist, in forms much more dangerous than our law-makers like to admit.

This morning, HMIC published Integrity matters: An inspection of arrangements to ensure integrity and to provide the capability to tackle corruption in policing. Transparency International UK welcomes the report in principle and its recommendations – there are many positive steps outlined in Integrity Matters. However, we do have some reservations.

Despite everyone’s best efforts and intentions, no one person, organisation or sector can effectively fight corruption alone. Last week, Transparency International UK’s Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN) brought together representatives and interested individuals from a variety of groups.

The Government announced last year that it would publish its first-ever National Anti-Corruption Action Plan. Since TI first proposed this idea five years ago, we have been arguing that the Government should draw up such a plan, and we are delighted that it is now happening.

News has broken that Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial, and Andy Coulson was found guilty of conspiring to hack phones. This is an outcome of one of the most significant corruption scandals in recent years – but what next?

Is police corruption a problem in the UK? This debate has come to the fore again this week on the back of new evidence of police corruption and deception following the murder of Stephen Lawrence. The government has taken action by setting out plans for a new criminal offence of police corruption.

Corruption in the UK is increasing according to the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption from Transparency International, with survey participants identifying the media as the most corrupt sector, closely followed by political parties.

It has been a year of ups and downs for combatting corruption in the UK. Scandals in several institutions showed that corruption is a much greater problem than recognised and highlighted the UK’s continued complacency to corruption’s insidious threat. However, there have been some successes in the fight against corruption this year, giving hope for continued progress in 2013. Here’s a rundown of some of the best and worst of 2012.

Corruption in the police force is the top corruption issue for citizens in many countries across the world. In 31 of the 100 countries covered by our global survey, people told us the police are the most corrupt institution in their country.

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