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UK 200 2013 position: 23

Independent Whistleblowing Commission publishes report on whistleblowing framework and recommendations for reform

In February 2013, the whistleblowing charity, Public Concern at Work, formed an independent ‘Whistleblowing Commission’, which it tasked with examining the effectiveness of the existing whistleblowing framework in the UK and making recommendations for future change. On 27 November 2013, the Commission published its report, which makes 25 recommendations for change, including the introduction of a statutory Code of Practice on Whistleblowing Arrangements.

Following its creation in February 2013, the commission issued a public consultation document, which received 142 responses from a broad mix of respondents including employers, lawyers, academics, trade unions and whistleblowers. The report makes a total of 25 recommendations for reform of the whistleblowing framework — we report on some of the key recommendations below.

The report notes that the government has agreed to take into account the commission’s findings as part of its National Action Plan for Open Government and to consider ‘legislative change, statutory or non-statutory codes of practice, guidance or best-practice measures’. In addition, the government’s call for evidence on the Whistleblowing Framework closed in November 2013. Its response to that call for evidence, setting out any proposals for further reform, is expected within the next few months…

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