Corruption in the United Kingdom, in the public sector, is defined by public servants using their office for private gain.[1] Public sector corruption in the United Kingdom is perceived to be mostly rare, according to Transparency International's 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) where the United Kingdom scored 78 on a scale from 0 ("highly corrupt") to 100 ("highly clean"); although Transparency International's own website details the damning true extent of corruption found in many areas of the UK, including parliament and the NHS. When ranked by score, the United Kingdom ranked number 11 among the 180 countries in the Index, where the country ranked number 1 is perceived to have the most honest public sector.[2][3]

The United Kingdom currently has numerous laws that punish civil servants for bribery and other forms of corruption, with the Bribery Act 2010 currently the most relevant.[4] Although the UK has long maintained a high rating in the Corruption Perceptions Index, public discontent as well as dissatisfaction has persisted[citation needed]. There has also been criticism from newspaper columnists.[5][6] This has largely been because of the UK's fall from the top 10 in the CPI.[7][8][9]

The Bribery Act 2010 is currently the most relevant law in the United Kingdom that punishes public and private bribery. The law does not make any distinction in sentencing between those who bribe (or are bribed) in the public or private sector.[4]

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  1. ^ "Corruption and the UK". Transparency International UK. Archived from the original on July 13, 2020. Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  2. ^ "The ABCs of the CPI: How the Corruption Perceptions Index is calculated". Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Corruption Perceptions Index 2021: United Kingdom". Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  4. ^ a b Country Review Report of the United Kingdom (PDF). United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 2013. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Monbiot, George (2020-09-10). "If you think the UK isn't corrupt, you haven't looked hard enough". The Guardian. Retrieved 2021-01-27.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "We need to talk about corruption in the UK". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  7. ^ Binham, Caroline. "UK drops out of top 10 in global anti-corruption rankings". Financial Times. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  8. ^ Millard, Rachel (2020-01-23). "UK takes one step down in global corruption rankings". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  9. ^ Hope, Christopher. "Transparency International's 2009 corruption index: the full ranking of 180 countries". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2021-01-27.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)