Council welcomes Bribery Act
Bedford Borough Council’s Executive approved a report detailing
the Council’s preparations for the Bribery Act, which came into
force on 1st July 2011.
The Bribery Act (2010) amends the law against corruption by
introducing new offences relating to bribery.
Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Performance and
External Relations, said: “The Bribery Act amends the law against
corruption and it was essential for the Council to be fully
prepared for the changes, both from a legal perspective as well as
demonstrating to local residents that the Council takes bribery and
other dishonest behaviour extremely seriously and does not tolerate
it in any way.
“I am pleased we were able to take action ahead of the Act’s
The Bribery Act introduces four new offences:
• Bribing another person
• Receiving a bribe
• Bribery of a foreign official
• Failure of commercial organisation to prevent bribery
The Government has produced Guidance to help commercial
organisations comply with the Bribery Act responsibilities. While
the Council is not a “commercial organisation” for its normal local
authority purposes it is still helpful for it to have regard to the
principles within the Guidance for all purposes as though it was a
The 2010 Act, which came into force on 1st July 2011, amends the
law against corruption which dates back to the Public Bodies
Corrupt Practices Act 1889.
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