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UK gains one point in Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index

UK gains one point in Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index
Moderate progress but lack of delivery on promises slowing pace

21st February 2018, London – A one point rise in score for the UK in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) represents moderate progress in fighting corruption, although much more is needed on implementing promises that have been made if the UK is to lead on anti-corruption.

The UK’s 2017 CPI score is 82, moving it up into joint eighth in the global rankings. In 2015 and 2016 it scored 81 on both occasions, although was scoring as low as 74 in 2012.

It follows the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit in which the UK committed to lead globally on tackling corruption whilst targeting corruption at home. Many of those promises have been implemented, such as Unexplained Wealth Orders, whilst some remain committed to in words only.

Pledges, such as a public register revealing the true owners of overseas companies owning UK property have been stalled, and is now not expected until 2021.

Duncan Hames, Director of Policy at Transparency International UK, said:

“It’s encouraging to see perceptions of corruption in the UK’s public sector falling, but in other sectors more work needs to be done to prevent money laundering and stop professionals here enabling corruption from around the world. The UK Government has talked about leading the global fightback against corruption. This requires sustained and long-term commitment.

“The Government has conceded it will not meet its promise to introduce legislation by this April to bring about transparency over the real owners of overseas companies owning UK property. Stalled progress such as this must not continue to be the consequence of the Government’s preoccupation with Brexit. Instead, a leader in the fight against corruption would use Britain’s emerging independence in world trade to ensure strong anti-corruption standards in trade deals made with those countries performing much less well in this Corruption Perceptions Index.”

Globally, the trend is similar. In the last six years many countries have still made little to no progress, with over half of countries scores remaining either the same or worsening. Bahrain, Liberia and Saint Lucia were the biggest fallers, although the bottom of the table once again features Somalia, South Sudan and Syria.

Analysis of these results suggests states performing worse in the CPI are also ones that limit both press freedom and space for civil society.

Patricia Moreira, Managing Director of Transparency International, said:

“Smear campaigns, harassment, lawsuits and bureaucratic red tape are all tools used by certain governments in an effort to quiet those who drive anti-corruption efforts. We’re calling on those governments that hide behind restrictive laws to roll them back immediately and allow for greater civic participation.”

The full results are available here.

Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index is a global rank of 176 countries on perceived levels of public sector corruption.

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