Government reviews whistleblowing framework

The UK government has today launched a review of the laws that support workers who blow the whistle on wrongdoing in the workplace.

The review will seek views and evidence from whistleblowers, key charities, employers and regulators.

Workers who blow the whistle are entitled to protections, which were introduced through the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA). It is also intended to provide a route for employees to report unsafe working conditions.

Business minister Kevin Hollinrake said: "Whistleblowing is a vital tool in tackling economic crime and unsafe working conditions, and the UK was one of the first countries in the world to develop a whistleblowing framework.

"This review has been a priority for me since joining government, and it will take stock of whether the whistleblowing framework is operating effectively and protects those who call out wrongdoing in the workplace."

This review will examine:

• who is covered by whistleblowing protections.
• the availability of information and guidance for whistleblowing purposes (both on and that provided by employers).
• how employers and prescribed persons respond to whistleblowing disclosures, including best practice.

It is understood that the evidence gathering stage of the review will conclude in Autumn 2023.

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