This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Number of corruption related offences
Number of corruption related offences recorded by the police. Numbers are based on reported cases and do not refer to the entirety of bribery cases, which can only be captured through a population survey. Therefore, these numbers may differ to those reported by the UN.
England and Wales
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Number of offences
Corruption offences have been defined in relation to the Bribery Act 2010 as - (i) Offences of bribing another person contrary to section 1 of the Bribery Act 2010, (ii) Offences relating to being bribed contrary to section 2 of the Bribery Act 2010, (iii) Bribery of a foreign public official contrary to section 6 of the Bribery Act 2010, (iv) Failure of a commercial organisation to prevent bribery contrary to section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010, and (v) Misconduct in a public office.
Corruption offence type
No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator.
These statistics are based on police recorded crime. As with other types of crime, it is recognised that the recorded crime series will not provide a good measure of the full extent of criminality as not all offences come to the attention of the police. Therefore data should be treated with caution.
In any one period, not all territorial forces in England and Wales provided data covering these crimes. It’s not possible to say whether these forces recorded crimes of this type but didn’t provide information, or simply didn’t record any such crimes as none were reported.
Over the time period of this data collection, most police forces have made data quality and recording improvements which means data from earlier years are not directly comparable with recent years. Some forces have also revised data, which means data may not match earlier publications.
The reported data differs from the UN specification for this indicator because it reports the number of corruption related offences recorded by the police, as opposed to the percentage of persons who either paid or were asked for at least one bribe by public officials as a percentage of persons who had at least one contact with a public official in the same period.
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||24 July 2023|
|Metadata last updated||24 July 2023|