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March 6, 2015 / Sian Moore

The National Audit Office Prescribed Person Report – Methodological Concerns (by Arron Phillips)

This is the second reblog of a post from Wim Vandekerckhove on the WERU blog. For the first, scroll down.


Arron Phillips is a PhD Student with the Work and Employment Relations Unit in the Faculty of Business at the University of Greenwich. His research focusses on the role of trade unions in the whistleblowing process.

On the 27th February 2015 the National Audit Office published their third report into whistleblowing (NAO 2015). This report looks into the role of the prescribed person. The prescribed person is a person or organisation designated by statute of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 to receive disclosures by individuals about certain types of wrongdoing they believe has, is or is about to occur in the workplace (see part IVA Employment Rights Act 1996). The Comptroller and Auditor General should be commended for the report and their continued enthusiasm in providing and improving safe mechanisms for people to raise concern. However, as an academic there are a couple of comments I need to…

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