Britain has a corruption problem. Its troubling role as a hub for dirty money from around the world, red flags over the corrupting influence of money in politics and big business bribery scandals show the UK is not immune. 

From the revolving door between the public and private sector to the awarding of multi-million-pound government contracts, the abuse of power for private gain reaches the highest levels of the UK society. 

It undermines our institutions and economy. It weakens our democracy with the most vulnerable, often the ultimate victims. 


Despite recent legislation, Britain remains a safe haven for much dirty money.  Legal loopholes mean that the world’s corrupt, enabled by highly paid UK lawyers and accountants, can still launder their ill-gotten gains through the UK’s economy and property market. 

Meanwhile, it has become increasingly common for Ministers and MPs in the UK to break their own rules and flout their own standards. Lawmakers turned lobbyists for hire, questionable donations to political parties and standards watchdogs ignored are among the most blatant examples. 

It was little surprise that the UK fell to its lowest-ever position in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index as news of these scandals travels around the world. 


We expose and tackle corruption and hold power to account here in the UK through robust research, investigations and advocacy. To do that we need to understand the way corruption works and the systems that enable it. 

Our work has already been key to delivering: 

  • four major pieces of Economic Crime legislation making it harder for dirty money to find its way to the UK 

  • the introduction of a register to reveal the true owners of foreign companies owning property in the UK 

  • The Bribery Act - regarded as the toughest piece of legislation of its kind. 

  • Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) – an investigative tool to help law enforcement act on corrupt assets. 

  • Promised reforms to lobbying transparency and regulation of post-political appointments. 

With your support we work with the UK and devolved governments, the private sector and civil society to create a UK free from corruption.