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Whistleblowers get reassurance against Furlough Fraud prosecutions

14th July 2020

We are pleased to see the Government give reassurance to whistleblowers raising concerns about Furlough Fraud.  Neither the proposed powers (in the Finance Bill) to recover money paid illegally through the scheme (formally called the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) nor fraud charges will be levelled at those who raise these concerns. Background Furlough fraud makes […]

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Protect says ‘Time To Transform’ and calls for Third Sector whistleblowing rules

25th June 2020

Whistleblowing charity Protect is calling for the Charity Commission to introduce whistleblowing rules or regulations for the sector, following serious failings at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) – which the watchdog has called ‘one of the worst examples of poor governance and oversight having a direct impact on vulnerable people’. The Commission […]

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Protect seeks reassurance from HMRC whistleblowers reporting furlough fraud will not be penalised

24th June 2020

Protect is seeking reassurance from HMRC that whistleblowers who contact the tax authority over furlough fraud will not be faced with paying back their employers’ fraud, or face prosecution if their employer forces them to work while on the scheme. Calls to Protect’s Advice Line have seen record-high levels, with  more than 250 calls related […]

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Silence in The City 2 research: 70% City finance workers who whistleblow ‘victimised, ignored or dismissed’

22nd June 2020

Research by Protect – Silence in The City 2 –  into whistleblowers who work in finance in the City has found 70% who spoke up about workplace wrongdoing were victimised, ignored, dismissed, or felt forced to resign after whistleblowing. The research analyses the whistleblowing cases of 352 finance workers who called the Protect Advice Line […]

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Protect thanks our Legal Support Network for helping whistleblowers

19th June 2020

We would like to express our huge thanks to our Legal Support Network – made up of lawyers and barristers –who are helping us with case work for whistleblowers who have contacted us. Our Advice Line is extremely busy and we are experiencing unprecedented record high call levels. Our Advisers are taking calls from all […]

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Will the pandemic improve care home whistleblowing culture?

9th June 2020

Protect’s Head of Policy, Andrew Pepper-Parsons features in the latest issue of Care Markets magazine, discussing how Covid-19 has affected the sector. Protect, the UK whistleblowing charity, helps whistleblowers safely raise concerns about wrongdoing, abuse or poor practice. We run an advice line where whistleblowers can call us for free confidential advice about how to […]

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Protect pilot into Third Sector whistleblowing culture reveals weak spots

20th May 2020

Protect’s pilot examining whistleblowing culture in the Third Sector has found key weak spots it believes are symptomatic across many of the 168,000 charities in England and Wales. Chief Executive, Liz Gardiner said, “The room for improvement in the Third Sector is well documented following the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals. But in recent […]

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Protect comment on the DAUK survey about NHS staff being silenced over PPE

15th May 2020

Survey findings of 150 health care staff by frontline lobbying group for doctors, The Doctors’ Association has highlighted the shocking treatment of NHS doctors who dared to blow the whistle on inadequate PPE supplies, which featured on BBC Newsnight this week. The survey respondents were made up of 25% of nurses and just under 25% […]

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Protect call for HMRC fraud hotline to reopen

14th May 2020

Protect is calling on the HMRC to reinstate its fraud hotline for whistleblowers who are trying to raise public interest concerns about misuse of taxpayers’ money. Protect, which handles around 3,000 whistleblowing cases to its Advice Line each year – has seen a spike in calls to its Advice Line in recent days on furlough […]

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Whistleblower succeeds in $10.8m damages claim

17th April 2020

The High Court has today handed down judgment and awarded whistleblower Amjad Rihan $10.8 m in damages against his former employer, Ernst and Young. Protect Chief Executive, Liz Gardiner said: “We’re pleased to see this award to Amjad Rihan, who courageously blew the whistle on serious financial irregularities and who suffered career-long losses as a […]

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04:02 PM Jul 14th

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12:54 PM Jul 14th

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12:36 PM Jul 14th

RT @WhistleUK: Great to hear w'blowers will not be pursued to repay illegal payments/prosecuted. Thanks to Lord Wills for asking important…

12:35 PM Jul 14th

Great to hear w'blowers will not be pursued to repay illegal payments/prosecuted. Thanks to Lord Wills for asking i… https://t.co/iDvbGmisIM

12:25 PM Jul 14th