Non-departmental Public Bodies

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance, if any, they have given to employees of non-departmental public bodies about their rights to express concerns about the impact of Brexit on their ability to perform their roles successfully.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

No guidance has been provided on the rights of NDPB employees to raise concerns specifically about EU Exit. We would expect NDPB employees to be able to raise any such concerns through their organisation’s existing systems, as they would any other issue that may affect them.

Policy and products about whistle-blowing and raising a concern have been made available to Civil Service departments. The products include a specific policy and FAQs for employees of Non-Departmental Public bodies (NDPBs). The guidance encourages employees of NDPBs to report perceived wrongdoing within their organisation, including a breach of the organisation's core values. An employee should raise these types of concern with their line manager straight away. If the employee feels that it is not appropriate to raise a concern with their manager, they can raise it with another senior manager or directly with a Nominated Officer within their parent department. Concerns can be raised confidentially and investigations will be conducted sensitively and as quickly as possible.

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