Number of corruption related offences


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Source: Office for National Statistics

Geographical Area: England and Wales

Unit of Measurement: Number of offences

Footnote: 1. Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics. 2. Due to small numbers, any differences should be interpreted with caution. 3. Police recorded crime supplied by the Home Office is updated regularly so data may have changed and superseded previous publications from the data source. 4. Each year runs from April 1st to March 31st.

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Indicator available

Number of corruption related offences

Indicator description

Number of corruption related offences recorded by the police.

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Unit of measurement

Number of offences


Corruption offences have been defined as - 99/7 Offences of bribing another person contrary to section 1 of the Bribery Act 2010. 99/8 Offences relating to being bribed contrary to section 2 of the Bribery Act 2010. 99/9 Bribery of a foreign public official contrary to section 6 of the Bribery Act 2010. 99/10 Failure of a commercial organisation to prevent bribery contrary to section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. 99/12 Misconduct in a public office.

Available disaggregations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator.

Other information

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. 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 18 February 2022
Metadata last updated 18 February 2022

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of persons who had at least one contact with a public official and who paid a bribe to a public official, or were asked for a bribe by those public officials, during the previous 12 months

Target name

Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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Office for National Statistics



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

England and Wales

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Release date 22 July 2021
Next release

July 2022

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

Other information

See the table on ‘Corruption offences recorded by the police, by quarter’ within the ‘Crime in England and Wales - Other related data tables’.  Table numbers are not consistent for earlier releases. Data is released quaterly but is reported annually, as required by the global indicator.

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