Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing a new Parliamentary campaign to back people who blow the whistle on fraud, corruption or public safety concerns.
Whistle-blowers, the people who raise awareness of wrongdoing in an organisation, are essential to transparency and exposing the fraud or corruption that is detrimental to public safety and security. While there is legislation to protect whistle-blowers, it is often ineffective, difficult to understand or access and prohibitively expensive to enforce.
Whistle-blowers have been responsible for the exposure of industrial scale child sexual abuse, exploitation and neglect, food safety and public health warnings, banking malpractice, scams and mistakes that defraud the government and public purse.
Austin wants an APPG to work on access to justice for whistle-blowers, who can lose their career, they can lose their homes, families, friends, health and self-esteem. They become the subject of injustice through the legal system set up to protect them, where inbuilt inequalities and inadequacies mean that most whistle-blowers must navigate the complex legal process without help or support.
Ian Austin said:
“Over the years high-profile cases have come to light because of the courageous acts of whistle-blowers calling out corruption, fraud and wrongdoing in organisations.
“They should not be discouraged from doing because there is not a system in place to give them access to justice.
“I want the APPG to look in to matters such as access to public finds for those going through the legal system, specialist tribunals for whistle-blowers and proper training to judges and panel members”