Whistleblowing – Government Consults on Annual Reporting by Prescribed Persons

August 6, 2014

Whistleblowing – Government Consults on Annual Reporting by Prescribed Persons

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which is currently before Parliament, contains provisions enabling the Secretary of State to require prescribed persons to report annually on any action taken as a result of a protected disclosure. The Government has now launched a consultation, entitled Prescribed persons: annual reporting requirements on whistleblowing, seeking views on the practical implementation of this requirement.

The change is one of a number of amendments, both legislative and non-legislative, being made to the existing whistleblowing framework, on the basis that it does not encourage people to raise their concerns and does not always serve to prevent malpractice from taking place.

The consultation closes on 30 September 2014.