The UK is committed to providing effective protections for whistleblowers and made recent legislative changes to make the system more transparent. The UK will review the effectiveness of these changes
Themes: Whistleblower/civil society space protection
Last updated: December 2020
Concrete: Concrete | New: New | Ambitious: Not Ambitious
The UK Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017-2022 reiterated and clarified the Government’s commitment to review the effectiveness of recent legislative changes in relation to whistleblowing, stating that it would:
“Review in 2018/19 the recent changes to the whistleblowing framework, as introduced by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.” According to the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy: Year 1 Update, consultations targeted at key industry professionals for the review of this framework were due to commence by the end of 2019.
The UK Anti-Corruption Strategy Year 2 Update states:
In Year 1, we reported that in 2019 we would review the changes to the whistleblowing framework as introduced by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which would incorporate a review of the effectiveness of the Whistleblowing Guidance for Employers and Code of Practice. This was put on temporary hold in 2019 while we waited to see if the new EU Whistleblowing Directive needed to be introduced ahead of EU Exit. We are currently considering the timing and scope of the review.
This commitment is therefore now considered overdue.
Peer reviewer: 1
Updated: October 31, 2020
There has been no public indication of progress on this commitment.
Peer reviewer: 1
Updated: April 30, 2020
According to the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy: Year 1 Update, consultations targeted at key industry professionals for the review of this framework will commence by the end of 2019. There is no public evidence this has been started yet. pg.17
Updated: May 30, 2019
We have not seen any evidence that this is progressing (or evidence that it isn't), but the Anti-Corruption Strategy gives us a deadline for this commitment of 31 December 2019 and tells us which regulations are to be reviewed.
Updated: October 30, 2018
The UK's Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017-22 states that in 2018/19 the UK will 'Review in 2018/19 the recent changes to the whistle-blowing framework, as introduced by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013'
Updated: June 30, 2018