08 June 2009
Transparency International (TI) is embarking on its most in-depth research to date into corruption in the UK.
The anti-bribery watchdog launched the study as part of its 2009 Global Corruption Barometer last week. It found 3 per cent of people polled in the UK said they, or someone in their household, had paid a bribe in the past year.
More than a quarter of UK respondents said the business and private sector was the most affected by corruption, second only to political parties.
Chandrashekhar Krishnan, executive director of TI, said the UK had to lay to rest its "historical complacency" over corruption.
"It's important now to understand how, why and where corruption occurs in the UK. The MP expenses scandal shows corruption is uncomfortably close to the heart of the British establishment," he said.