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Anti bribery policy

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on the 1 July 2011

By providing a wide range of services to the community, we see our reputation for fairness, ethical behaviour and financial probity as paramount. We forbid any member of staff engaging in bribery. Bribery is defined as:-

"the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties."

A link to the Bribery Act can be found on the right of the page. 

We recognise that any member of staff engaging in bribery will reflect adversely on our image and reputation and of the public sector in general.

To limit this risk to exposure to bribery we:

  • publish a clear anti-bribery policy and reviewing other associated policies
  • train all staff so that they can recognise and avoid the use of bribery by themselves and others
  • ensuring that all our business partner's are aware of the antibribery policy and that their staff must abide by it
  • encourage our employees to be vigilant and to report any suspicion of bribery
  • ensuring that our policies and control systems are audited regularly to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • addressing conflicts of interests and the risks created by gifts and hospitality through corporate policies
  • investigate instances of alleged bribery and assist the police and other appropriate enforcement agencies in any resultant action
  • take appropriate action against any member of staff, who engages in bribery.

Our policy statement

We forbid the offering, the giving, the solicitation or the acceptance of any bribe, whether in cash or by way of any other type of inducement, to or from any person or company, wherever they are situated and whether they are:

  • a public official or body
  • a private person
  • a company
  • any individual employee, agent or other person or body acting on the council's or group's behalf

in order to gain any commercial, contractual or regulatory advantage for the council or group in a way which is unethical or in order to gain any personal advantage, financial or otherwise for the individual, the council, the group, or anyone connected with said parties. Staff members are forbidden from accepting any inducement which would result in a gain or advantage to the briber or any person(s) or third parties associated with them.

The inducement being intended to influence the member of staff to take any action, which may not be in the interests of the council. Any staff member found to be involved in bribery is liable to disciplinary action, dismissal and prosecution.

The council is entitled to terminate the contract forthwith and to recover from a supplier the amount of any loss resulting from such termination if:

  1. the supplier or any employee of the supplier shall have offered or given or agreed to give to any person any gift or consideration of any kind as an inducement or reward for doing or not doing or for having done or not done any act in relation to the contract or
  2. the like acts shall have been done by any person employed by the supplier or acting on his behalf (whether with or without the knowledge of the supplier) or
  3. in relation to the contract the supplier or any person employed by the supplier has committed any offence under the Bribery Act 2010 or shall have given any fee or reward for the receipt of which is an offence under Section 117(2) of the Local Government Act 1972.
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