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Britain slips down the corruption league

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I am obliged to Neil Blundell, a partner in the national law firm of solicitors Eversheds, for this information. The 2010 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index was published on 26 October.

This survey is considered to be the world's most credible measure of corruption in the public sector. It is calculated using the data from analysis by country experts and business leaders, including sources such as the Economist Intelligence Unit, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

The countries deemed to be the least corrupt are Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore, while the most corrupt include Afghanistan, Burma and Somalia.

The UK's score has dropped and it is now at 20th place, down from 11th four years ago. The scores of the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Madagascar, Niger and the United States have also gone down.

Chandrashekhar Krishnan, executive director of Transparency International UK, said: "This is the leading global index of corruption, and the U.K is now seriously at risk of dropping out of the top 20."

Krishnan added that Britain's worsening performance in the league table "strengthens the case for the U.K's new bribery act to be properly enforced and sends a warning signal to the government that there should be no dilution of the bribery act or further delay in its commencement".

Read more on the survey results here.

For more information please contact me or Neil.

Neil Blundell,
Head of Fraud,
Tel: 0845 497 4533 or
email: neillblundell@eversheds.com

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