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17 April 2024 - Investigation into whistleblowing in the civil service - Oral evidence

Committee Public Accounts Committee
Inquiry Investigation into whistleblowing in the civil service

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Start times: 1:00pm (private) 1:30pm (public)

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Whistleblowing in the civil service scrutinised by PAC

The Public Accounts Committee holds an evidence session on whistleblowing in the civil service at 1.30pm on Wednesday 17 April.

Meeting details

At 1:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Investigation into whistleblowing in the civil service
Government Chief People Officer at Cabinet Office
HR Deputy Director at Cabinet Office
Chief People Officer at HM Revenue and Customs
Interim Director General for People and Capability at Department for Work and Pensions

There continue to be issues with how whistleblowers can raise concerns in Government, as highlighted by both the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 2023 and the Boardman Review into the development and use of supply chain finance in Government in 2021

The Committee’s 2014 and 2016 whistleblowing reports found that a lack of leadership across Government has led to inconsistency in whistleblowing arrangements, and that the Cabinet Office did not have the data required to identify where improvements are needed in Departments’ whistleblowing performance.

In 2023, the National Audit Office (NAO) conducted an investigation providing an overview of the whistleblowing landscape in the civil service. Based on the NAO investigation, the Committee will take evidence from senior Cabinet Office officials on subjects including:

  • The current picture of whistleblowing in the civil service;
  • Roles and responsibilities for whistleblowing arrangements;
  • Central Government support and oversight of whistleblowing;
  • Consistency of data collection.


The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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