Guidance

Whistleblowing: list of prescribed people and bodies

Updated 24 November 2016

If you decide to blow the whistle to a prescribed person rather than your employer, you must make sure that you have chosen the correct person or body for your issue. For example, if you are blowing the whistle on broadcasting malpractice you should contact the Office of Communications (Ofcom).

Below is a list of the prescribed persons and bodies who you can make a disclosure to. There is also a brief description about the matters you can report to each prescribed person.

In addition, you can also blow the whistle to your legal adviser or to your MP.

More information on whistleblowing.

Broadcasting and communication

The Office of Communications (known as Ofcom)

Contact them about:

  • the provision of electronic communications networks and services
  • broadcasting and the provision of radio and TV services
  • media ownership and control
  • competition in communication markets

Chairman
The Office of Communications
Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 9HA

Tel: 020 7981 3000
Fax: 020 7981 3333
Website: www.ofcom.org.uk

Business, finance or fraud

Accounts Commission for Scotland

Contact them about the proper conduct of public business, value for money, fraud and corruption in local government bodies in Scotland.

The Secretary to the Accounts Commission
Accounts Commission for Scotland
102 West Port
Edinburgh
EH3 9DN

Tel: 0131 625 1500
Email: correspondence@audit-scotland,gov.uk
Website: www.audit-scotland.gov.uk

The Auditor General for Wales

Contact them about the proper conduct of public business; value for money, fraud and corruption in public bodies in Wales.

PIDA Officer
The Auditor General for Wales
24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

Tel: 029 20 320 522
Email: whistleblowing@audit.wales
Website: www.wao.gov.uk/whistleblowing

The Auditor General for Scotland

Contact them about the proper conduct of public businesses in Scotland, including value for money, fraud and corruption in relation to the provision of public services.

The Auditor General for Scotland
Audit Scotland
102 West Port
Edinburgh
EH3 9DN

Tel: 0131 625 1500
Email: correspondence@audit-scotland.gov.uk
Website: www.audit-scotland.gov.uk

Audit Scotland

Contact them about the proper conduct of public businesses in Scotland, including value for money, fraud and corruption in public bodies.

The Chief Operating Officer
Audit Scotland
102 West Port
Edinburgh
EH3 9DN

Tel: 0131 625 1500
Email: correspondence@audit-scotland.gov.uk
Website: www.audit-scotland.gov.uk

The Bank of England

Contact them about:

  • functioning of clearing houses (including central-counterparties)
  • inter-bank payment systems and securities settlement systems
  • the treatment, holding and issuing of banknotes by the Scottish and Northern Ireland banks authorised to issue banknotes (and their agents)
  • the custody distribution and processing of Bank of England banknotes under the Bank of England’s Note Circulation Scheme

Bank of England (IAWB)
20 Moorgate
London
EC2R 6DA

Tel: 020 3461 8703
Email: BOEwhistleblowing@bankofengland.co.uk

Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

Contact them about breaches by a councillor or a member of a devolved public body of the code of conduct applicable to that councillor or member in Scotland.

Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland
Thistle House
91 Haymarket Terrace
Edinburgh
EH12 5HE

Tel: 0300 011 0550
Email: investigations@ethicalstandards.org.uk

Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

Contact them about:

  • the administration of UK taxes
  • the administration of national insurance and tax credits systems
  • customs and border-related functions
  • criminal investigations

HMRC Fraud Hotline
Cardiff
CF14 5ZN

Tel: 0800 788 887
Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/reporting-tax-evasion

The Comptroller and Auditor General

Contact them about the proper conduct of public business, value for money, fraud and corruption in relation to the provision of public services.

The Comptroller and Auditor General
National Audit Office
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road
London
SW1W 9SP

Tel: 020 7798 7999
Website: www.nao.org.uk/contact-us/whistleblowing-disclosures/

The Director of the Serious Fraud Office

Contact them about serious or complex fraud, including bribery and corruption, in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and civil recovery of the proceeds of unlawful conduct.

The Director of the Serious Fraud Office
2-4 Cockspur Street
London
SW1Y 5BS

Website: www.sfo.gov.uk/contact-us/reporting-serious-fraud-bribery-corruption

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Contact them about:

  • the conduct of funds, markets, firms and individuals subject to Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (including banks, building societies, consumer credit and investment or insurance businesses)
  • competition affecting financial markets in the UK and about the operation of mutual societies registered by the FCA under relevant legislation
  • the conduct of electronic money issuers (for the purposes of Electronic Money Regulations 2011)
  • the conduct of Payment Services Providers (for the purposes of the Payment Services Regulations)
  • the operation of small UK Alternative Investment Fund Managers registered under regulation 10 of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Regulations 2013
  • the functioning of financial markets
  • money laundering, financial crime, and other serious financial misconduct, in connection with activities regulated by the FCA

Intelligence Department (Ref PIDA)
The Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf,
London
E14 5HS

Tel: 020 7066 9200
Fax: 020 7676 9727
Email: whistle@fca.org.uk
Website:www.fca.org.uk/site-info/contact/whistleblowing

Financial Reporting Council Limited and its conduct committee

Contact them about:

  • matters related to the independent oversight of the accountancy, auditing and actuarial professions
  • the monitoring of statutory audit functions in respect of major audits
  • compliance with the requirements of legislation relating to accounting and reporting
  • the investigation of the conduct of auditors, accountants and actuaries in public interest cases

PIDA Officer
Financial Reporting Council
8th Floor
125 London Wall
London
EC2Y 5AS

Tel: 0207 492 2479
Email: whistleblowing@frc.org.uk
Website: www.frc.org.uk

The Lord Advocate, Scotland

Contact them about serious or complex fraud in Scotland.

Procurator Fiscal Specialist Casework
Crown Office
25 Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LA

Tel: 08445 614061
Email: <SOCDADMINEast@copfs.gsi.gov.uk >

Payment Systems Regulator

Contact them about payment systems and the services provided by them.

Intelligence Department (Ref PIDA)
The Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

Tel: 020 7066 9200
Email: whistle@fca.org.uk

Prudential Regulation Authority

Contact them about matters relating to the carrying on of deposit-taking business, insurance business, or investment business and the safety and soundness of persons authorised for such purposes.

Prudential Regulation Authority (IAWB)
20 Moorgate
London
EC2R 6DA

Tel: 020 3461 8703
Email: PRAwhistleblowing@bankofengland.co.uk

Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

Contact them about breaches by a member or co-opted member of a relevant authority’s code of conduct in Wales.

Public Services Ombudsman
1 Ffordd yr Hen Gae
Pencoed
CF35 5LJ

Tel: 0300 790 0203
Fax: 01656 641199
Email: ask@ombudsman-wales.org.uk
Website:www.ombudsman-wales.org.uk

Revenue Scotland

Contact them about the administration of the devolved taxes in Scotland, (Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, and Scottish Landfill Tax).

Revenue Scotland
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

Email: info@revenue.scot
Website: www.revenue.scot

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Contact them about fraud and other misconduct in relation to companies.

Intelligence Hub
Insolvency Service
3rd Floor, Cannon House
18 Priory Queensway
Birmingham
B4 6FD

Tel: 0300 678 0017

Email: Intelligence.Live@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.gov.uk/insolvency-service

Wales Audit Office

Contact them about the proper conduct of public business; value for money, fraud and corruption in relation to the provision of public services.

24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

Tel: 029 2032 0500
Website: www.audit.wales/whistleblowing

Charities

The Charity Commission for England and Wales

Contact them about the proper administration of charities in England and Wales and of funds given or held for charitable purposes in England and Wales.

Tel: 0300 066 9197
Email: whistleblowing@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.gov.uk/charity-commission

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Contact them about the proper administration of charities and of funds given or held for charitable purposes in Scotland.

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)
2nd Floor
Quadrant House
9 Riverside Drive
Dundee
DD1 4NY

Tel: 01382 220 446
Fax: 01382 220 314
Email: C&I@oscr.org.uk

Children’s interest

Children’s Commissioner

Contact them about matters relating to the rights, welfare and interests of children in England.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner
Sanctuary Buildings
20 Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT

Tel: 020 7783 8330

Email: info.request@childrenscommissioner.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk

Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Contact them about matters relating to the rights, welfare and issues affecting children, young people and those who care for them, in Wales.

Children's Commissioner for Wales
Oystermouth House
Phoenix Way
Llansamlet
Swansea
SA7 9FS

Tel: 0808 801 1000 (freephone number)
Fax: 01792 765601
Email: post@childcomwales.org.uk
Website: www.childcomwales.org.uk

Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland

Contact them about matters relating to promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and young people in Scotland.

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People
85 Holyrood Road
Edinburgh
EH8 8AU

Tel: 0131 558 3373
Email: inbox@sccyp.org.uk
Website: www.sccyp.org.uk

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (‘the Chief Inspector’)

Contact them about matters relating to regulation and inspection of children’s social care.

Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD

Tel: 0300 123 3155
Email: whistleblowing@ofsted.gov.uk

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Contact them about matters relating to child welfare and protection.

NSPCC
Weston House
42 Curtain Road
London
EC2A 3NH

Tel: 020 7825 2500
Fax: 020 7825 2525
Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Welsh ministers

Contact them about matters relating to:

  • the regulation and inspection of establishments and agencies for children’s social care services
  • the inspection of Welsh local authority children’s social services

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
Welsh Government
Rhydycar Business Park
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1UZ

Tel: 0300 7900 126
Email: cssiw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://cssiw.org.uk/?lang=en

Consumer protection

Competition and Markets Authority

Contact them about matters concerning the sale of goods or the supply of services, which adversely affect the interests of consumers; competition affecting markets in the UK.

Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
37 Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

Tel: 020 3738 6000

Your local authority

Contact them about compliance with the requirement of consumer protection legislation. Find the contact details for your local authority.

Data protection and freedom of information

The Information Commissioner

Contact them about compliance with the requirement of legislation relating to data protection and to freedom of information.

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113
Email: casework@ico.org.uk
Website: www.ico.org.uk

The Scottish Information Commissioner

Contact them about compliance with the requirement of legislation relating to freedom of information in Scotland.

Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
KY16 9DS

Tel: 01344 464610
Email: enquiries@itspublicknowledge.info
Website: www.itspublicknowledge.info

Defence procurement

Single Source Regulations Office

Contact them about matters relating to the regulation of single source defence contracts and compliance with the scheme established by the Defence Reform Act 2014.

Single Source Regulations Office
Finlaison House
15-17 Furnival Street
London
EC4A 1AB

Tel: 020 3771 4767

Email: enquiries@ssro.gov.uk
Website: www.gov.uk/ssro

Education

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (‘the Chief Inspector’)

Contact them about matters relating to the welfare of children provided with accommodation by boarding schools, colleges and residential special schools.

The Chief Inspector
Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD

Tel: 0300 123 3155
Email: whistleblowing@ofsted.gov.uk

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Contact them about matters in relation to which the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation exercise functions under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009.

Casework Manager
Ofqual
Spring Place
Coventry Business Park
Herald Avenue
Coventry
CV5 6UB

Tel: 0300 303 3346
Email: Public.Enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk
Online form: www.ofqual.gov.uk/complaints-and-appeals/whistleblowing/

Qualifications Wales

Contact them about matters in respect of which Qualifications Wales exercises functions under the Qualifications Wales Act 2015.

Qualifications Wales
Q2 Building
Pencarn Lane
Imperial Park
Coedkernew
Newport
NP10 8AR

Tel: 0333 077 2701
Email: enquiries@qualificationswales.org
Website: http://qualificationswales.org/?lang=en

Secretary of State for Education

Contact them about matters relating to the following educational institutions in England:

  • maintained schools
  • maintained nursery schools
  • independent schools (including academies and free schools)
  • non-maintained special schools
  • pupil referral units
  • alternative provision academies
  • 16-19 academies (and free schools)
  • sixth form colleges
  • special post-16 institutions

Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD

Tel: 0370 000 2288
Website: www.gov.uk/contact-dfe

Environment

The Environment Agency

Contact them about acts and omissions which have an actual or potential effect on the environment or the management or regulation of the environment. This includes those relating to pollution, abstraction of water, flooding, the flow in rivers, inland fisheries and migratory salmon or trout.

National Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 544
Rotherham
S60 1BY

Tel: 03708 506 506
Website: www.gov.uk/environment-agency

Welsh ministers

Contact them about matters relating to the environment and natural resources as set out in the Natural Resources Body for Wales (Establishment) Order 2012.

Natural Resource Wales
c/o Customer Care Centre
Ty Cambria
29 Newport Rd
Cardiff
CF24 0TP

Tel: 0300 065 3000
Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Contact them about acts and omissions which have an actual or potential effect on the environment or the management or regulation of the environment. This includes those relating to flood warning systems and systems and pollution in Scotland.

Customer Service
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Erskine Court Castle Business Park
Stirling
FK9 4TR

Tel: 08456 124 124
Email: CustomerServices@sepa.org.uk
Website: www.sepa.org.uk

Food standards

The Food Standards Agency (FSA)

Contact them about matters which affect the health of any member of the public in relation to consumption of food and matters which concern the protection of consumers in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

Food Standards Agency
Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London
WC2B 6NH

Tel: 020 7276 8829
Email: helpline@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.food.gov.uk

Food Standards Scotland

Contact them about matters which affect the health of any member of the public is Scotland in relation to the consumption of food and matters which concern the protection of consumers in relations to food.

Food Standards Scotland
4th floor
Pilgrim House
Aberdeen
AB11 5RL

Tel: 01224 285100
Website: www.foodstandards.gov.scot

Your local authority

Contact them about compliance with the requirements of food safety legislation. Find the contact details for your local authority.

Health and safety

The Health and Safety Executive

Contact them about:

  • the industries and work activities for which the Health and Safety Executive is the enforcing authority under the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998
  • the health and safety of individuals at work, or the health and safety of the public arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work

Tel: 0300 003 1647
Online form: www.hse.gov.uk/contact/raising-your-concern.htm

Office for Nuclear Regulation

Contact them about matters which may affect the health and safety of individuals on a:

  • nuclear site
  • an authorised defence site
  • a new nuclear build site

They are also interested in the health and safety of any member of the public in connection with the activities of persons at work on premises which are, or are on, such sites.

Office for Nuclear Regulation
Building 4 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
L20 7HS

Email: ONRenquiries@onr.gsi.gov.uk

Office of Rail and Road

Contact them about:

  • the provision and supply of railway services
  • any other activities in relation to the Office of Rail and Road functions

Office of Rail and Road
One Kemble Street
London
WC2B 4AN

Tel: 020 7282 2000
Fax: 020 7282 2040
Website: www.orr.gov.uk

Your local authority

Contact them about:

  • matters which may affect the health or safety of any individual at work
  • matters which may affect the health and safety of any member of the public arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work

Find the contact details for your local authority.

Healthcare

Care Quality Commission

Contact them about matters relating to the provision of health and social care.

CQC National Customer Service Centre
Citygate
Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4PA

Tel: 03000 616161
Website: www.cqc.org.uk

Healthwatch England1

Healthwatch England
151 Buckingham Palace Road
London
SW1W 9SZ

Email: enquiries@healthwatch.co.uk
Tel: 03000 683 000 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm)
Website: www.healthwatch.co.uk

National Guardian’s Office

National Guardian’s Office
151 Buckingham Palace Road
London
SW1W 9SZ

Tel: 0300 067 9000 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm)

General Chiropractic Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration and fitness to practise of a member of a profession regulated by the General Chiropractic Council.

General Chiropractic Council
44 Wicklow Street
London
WC1X 9HL

Tel: 020 7713 5155
Fax: 020 7713 5844
Email: regulation@gcc-uk.org
Online complaint form: www.gcc-uk.org/concerns/online-complaint-form/

General Dental Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration and fitness to practise of a member of a profession regulated by the General Dental Council.

Fitness to Practise Team
General Dental Council
44 Baker Street
London W1U 7AL

Tel: 0845 222 4141
Fax: 020 7009 2751
Email: fitnesstopractise@gdc-uk.org
Website: www.gdc-uk.org

General Medical Council

Contact them about matters relating to:

  1. the registration and fitness to practise of a member of a profession regulated by the General Medical Council
  2. any activities not covered by (1) in relation to which the Council has functions

General Medical Council
Fitness to Practise Directorate
3 Hardman Street
Manchester
M3 3AW

Tel: 0161 923 6399
Online complaints form: www.gmc-uk.org

General Optical Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration and fitness to practise of a member of a profession regulated by the General Optical Council.

Compliance Manager
General Optical Council
10 Old Bailey
London
EC4M 7NG

Tel: 020 7580 3898
Website: www.optical.org

Osteopathic Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration and fitness to practise of a member of a profession regulated by the General Osteopathic Council.

Osteopathy House
176 Tower Bridge Road
London
SE1 3LU

Tel: 020 7357 6655
Fax: 020 7357 0011
Email: regulation@osteopathy.org.uk

General Pharmaceutical Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration and fitness to practise of a member of a profession regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Investigating Team
General Pharmaceutical Council
25 Canada Square
London
E14 5LQ

Tel: 020 3365 3603
Email: concerns@pharmacyregulation.org

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Contact them about matters relating to furthering the improvement in the quality of health care in Scotland.

Executive Office Business Manager
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9EB

Tel: 0131 623 4300
Website: www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org

Health and Care Professions Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration and fitness to practise of health and care professional.

Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
London
SE11 8BU

Tel: 0845 300 6184
Website: www.hpc-uk.org

Health Education England

Contact them about matters relating to the education and training for health care workers and ensuring sufficient skilled and trained health care workers are available for the delivery of services.

Health Education England
1st Floor, Blenheim House
Duncombe Street
Leeds,
LS1 4PL

Website: http://hee.nhs.uk/

Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs)2

LETBs are committees of Health Education England (HEE). There are 13 LETBs across England.

Website: http://hee.nhs.uk/about/our-letbs/.

Monitor (also known as NHS Improvement)

Contact them about the regulation and performance of NHS foundation trusts and any other activities in relation to which Monitor exercises its functions.

NHS Improvement
Wellington House
133-135 Waterloo Road
London SE1 8UG
Tel: 0300 123 2257

Email: enquiries@improvement.nhs.uk
Website: www.improvement.nhs.uk

National Health Service Commissioning Board (also known as NHS England)

Contact them about matters relating to the delivery of primary medical, dental, ophthalmic and pharmaceutical services in England.

NHS England
PO Box 16738
Redditch
B97 9PT

Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Email: england.contactus@nhs.net

NHS Business Services Authority

Contact them about:

  • the performance of services intended to monitor and take action on fraud, corruption or other unlawful activity in relation to the health service in England
  • the delivery of security management in the health service in England

NHS Protect
Skipton House
80 London Road
London,
SE1 6LH

Website: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Protect.aspx

NHS Trust Development Authority (also known as NHS Improvement)

Contact them about the performance of English NHS trusts, including clinical quality, governance and management of risk.

NHS Improvement
Wellington House
133-135 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8UG

Tel: 0300 123 2257
Email: enquiries@improvement.nhs.uk

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration and fitness to practise of a registered nurse or midwife and any other activities in relation to which the Council has functions.

Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
London
W1B 1PZ

Tel: 020 7637 7181
Email: whistleblowing@nmc-uk.org
Website: www.nmc.org.uk/standards/guidance/raising-concerns-guidance-for-nurses-and-midwives/whistleblowing/

The Secretary of State for Health3

Contact them about matters relating to the provision of public health services.

Public Health England
Public Information Access Office
Wellington House
133-135 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8UG

Website: www.gov.uk/phe

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquires Unit
Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NS

Website: www.gov.uk/dh

Welsh ministers

Contact them about the review of, and investigation into the provision of health care by and for Welsh NHS bodies.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
Welsh Government
Rhydycar Business Park
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1UZ

Tel: 0300 062 8163
Fax: 0300 062 8387
Email: hiw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.hiw.org.uk

Housing

Homes and Communities Agency

Contact them about the conduct of the business of registered providers of social housing in England.

Arpley House
110 Birchwood Boulevard
Birchwood
Warrington
WA3 7QH

Tel: 0300 1234 500
Email: mail@homesandcommunities.co.uk

Registers of Scotland

Contact them about matters relating to the registration of land or property in Scotland.

The Chair of the Audit Committee
Non-Executive Director
RoS Secretariat
Meadowbank House
153 London Road,
Edinburgh
EH7 8AU

Tel: 0131 659 6111
Email: rossecretariat@ros.gov.uk

Scottish Housing Regulator

Contact them about social landlords’ performance of housing activities; the registration of registered social landlords, their financial well-being and standards of governance.

Scottish Housing Regulator
Buchanan House
58 Port Dundas Road
Glasgow
G4 0HF

Email: shr@scottishhousingregulator.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh ministers

Contact them about the regulation of registered social landlords in Wales.

Housing Regulation Team
Rhydycar Business Park
Rhydycar
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1UZ

Tel: 0300 062 8300
Email: HousingRegulation@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.wales.gov.uk

Local authorities

England

Following the Audit Commission’s closure on 31 March 2015, disclosures relating to local authorities can be made to the external auditor of the relevant authority or the Comptroller and Auditor General.

To make a disclosure to the authority’s external auditor, please contact the local authority, who will have a record of who to contact. You can also ask Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA), the company now responsible for appointing auditors to local government, police and local NHS bodies for the name of the auditor of the relevant local authority.

It should be noted that PSAA is not a prescribed person under the Public Interest Disclosure Act and their role in this is only to signpost individuals to the external auditor appointed to the local authority in question. To make a disclosure to the Comptroller and Auditor General, please contact the National Audit Office (see Comptroller and Auditor General below).

The Comptroller and Auditor General

Contact them about the proper conduct of public business, value for money, fraud and corruption in relation to the provision of public services.

The Comptroller and Auditor General
National Audit Office
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road
London
SW1W 9SP

Tel: 020 7798 7999
Website: www.nao.org.uk/contact-us/whistleblowing-disclosures/

Scotland

For matters relating to local authorities in Scotland, please contact either Audit Scotland or the Accounts Commission for Scotland.

Audit Scotland

The Chief Operating Officer
Audit Scotland
102 West Port
Edinburgh
EH3 9DN

Tel: 0131 625 1500
Email: correspondence@audit-scotland.gov.uk
Website: www.audit-scotland.gov.uk

Accounts Commission for Scotland

The Secretary to the Accounts Commission
Accounts Commission for Scotland
102 West Port
Edinburgh
EH3 9DN

Tel: 0131 625 1500
Email: correspondence@audit-scotland,gov.uk
Website: www.audit-scotland.gov.uk

Wales

With regard to local authorities in Wales, please contact the Auditor General for Wales.

The Auditor General for Wales

Contact them about the proper conduct of public business; value for money, fraud and corruption in public bodies in Wales.

PIDA Officer
The Auditor General for Wales
24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

Tel: 029 20 320 522
Email: whistleblowing@audit.wales
Website: www.wao.gov.uk/whistleblowing

Commissioners nominated under section 15(6) of the Local Government Act 1999

Contact them about matters relating to the exercise of specified functions of a best value authority as directed by the Secretary of State in relation only to the local authority they are intervening in.

Pensions

The Pensions Regulator

Contact them about matters relating to:

  • the protection of members’ benefits under work-based pension schemes
  • the administration and governance of such schemes (this includes matters relating to automatic enrolment under the Pensions Act 2008)

The Information Team
Napier House
Trafalgar Place
Brighton
BN1 4DW

Tel: 0345 600 7060
Email: wb@tpr.gov.uk
Website: www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk

Police and justice

Chief Executive of the Criminal Cases Review Commission

Contact them about actual or potential miscarriages of justice in England and Wales.

Criminal Cases Review Commission
5 St Philip's Place
Birmingham
B3 2PW

Tel: 0121 233 1473
Fax: 0121 232 0899
Email: complaints@ccrc.x.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.ccrc.gov.uk

The Chief Executive of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

Contact them about actual or potential miscarriages of justice in Scotland.

Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
5th Floor, Portland House
17 Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 5AH

Tel: 0141 270 7030
Fax: 0141 270 7040
Email: info@sccrc.org.uk
Website: www.sccrc.org.uk

The Director of the Serious Fraud Office

Contact them about matters relating to corrupt individuals or companies offering or receiving bribes to secure a benefit for themselves or others.

The Director of the Serious Fraud Office
2-4 Cockspur Street
London
SW1Y 5BS

Tel: 020 7239 7272
Online form: www.sfo.gov.uk/contact-us/reporting-serious-fraud-bribery-corruption/

The Independent Police Complaints Commission

Contact them about matters relating to the conduct of a person serving with the police.

Independent Police Complaints Commission
P O Box 473
Sale
M33 0BW

Tel: 0300 020 0096
Email: enquiries@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.ipcc.gov.uk

National Crime Agency

Contact them about matters relating to corrupt individuals or companies offering or receiving bribes to secure a benefit for themselves or others.

National Crime Agency
PO Box 58345
London
NW1W 9JJ

Tel: 0370 496 7622
Email: communication@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk

Social care

Care Council for Wales

Contact them about matters relating to the registration of social care workers in Wales.

Care Council for Wales
South Gate House
Wood Street
Cardiff
CF10 1EW

Tel: 0300 303 3444
Email: ftp@ccwales.org.uk
Website: www.ccwales.org.uk

Care Inspectorate

Contact them about matters relating to the provision of care services in Scotland.

Compass House
11 Riverside Drive
Dundee
DD1 4NY

Tel: 0345 600 9527
Email: enquiries@careinspectorate.com

Care Quality Commission

Contact them about the provision of adult social care services in England.

CQC National Customer Service Centre
Citygate
Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4PA

Tel: 0300 061 6161
Website: www.cqc.org.uk

Health and Care Professions Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration and fitness to practise of health and care professional.

Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
London
SE11 8BU

Tel: 0845 300 6184
Website: www.hpc-uk.org

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Contact them about matters relating to furthering the improvement in quality of health care in Scotland.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9EB

Tel: 0131 623 4300
Email: comments.his@nhs.net
Website: www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (‘the Chief Inspector’)

Contact them about matters relating to regulation and inspection of children’s social care.

Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD

Tel: 0300 123 3155
Email: whistleblowing@ofsted.gov.uk

Older People’s Commissioner

Contact them about matters relating to the rights and wellbeing of older people in Wales.

Cambrian Buildings
Mount Stuart Square
Butetown
Cardiff
CF10 5FL

Tel: 02920 445030
Email: ask@olderpeoplewales.com
Website: www.olderpeoplewales.com

Scottish Social Services Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration of the social services workforce in Scotland.

Scottish Social Services Council
Compass House
11 Riverside Drive
Dundee
DD1 4NY

Tel: 01382 207101
Email: registration@sssc.uk.com
Website: www.sssc.uk.com

Welsh ministers

Contact them about matters relating to the provision of social care services and to the inspection of Welsh local authority social services.

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
Welsh Government
Rhydycar Business Park
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1UZ

Tel: 0300 7900 126
Email: cssiw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://cssiw.org.uk/?lang=en

Social services and child welfare

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (‘the Chief Inspector’)

Contact them about matters relating to regulation and inspection of children’s social care.

Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD

Tel: 0300 123 3155
Email: whistleblowing@ofsted.gov.uk

Scottish Social Services Council

Contact them about matters relating to the registration of the social services workforce in Scotland.

Compass House
11 Riverside Drive
Dundee
DD1 4NY

Tel: 01382 207 101
Email: registration@sssc.uk.com
Website: www.sssc.uk.com

Welsh ministers

Contact them about matters relating to the provision of social services and to the inspection and performance assessment of Welsh local authority social services.

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
Welsh Government
Rhydycar Business Park
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1UZ

Tel: 0300 7900 126
Email: cssiw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://cssiw.org.uk/?lang=en

Tax

Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

Contact them about:

  • the administration of UK taxes
  • the administration of national insurance and tax credits systems
  • customs and border-related functions
  • criminal investigations

HMRC Fraud Hotline
Cardiff
CF14 5ZN

Tel: 0800 788 887
Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/reporting-tax-evasion

Revenue Scotland

Contact them about the administration of the devolved taxes in Scotland, (Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, and Scottish Landfill Tax).

Revenue Scotland
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

Email: info@revenue.scot
Website: www.revenue.scot

Trade unions

The Certification Officer

Contact them about fraud and other irregularities, relating to the financial affairs of trade unions and employers’ associations.

Certification Officer
22nd Floor, Euston Tower
286 Euston Road
London
NW1 3JJ

Tel: 020 7210 3734/3735
Fax: 020 7210 3612
Email: info@certoffice.org
Website: www.gov.uk/certificationofficer

Transport

Civil Aviation Authority

Contact them about compliance with the requirements of civil aviation legislation, including aviation safety and aviation security.

Civil Aviation Authority
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South
West Sussex
RH6 0YR

Tel: 01293 573190
Website: www.caa.co.uk

Office of Rail and Road

Contact them about:

  • the provision and supply of railway services
  • any other activities in relation to the Office of Rail and Road functions

Office of Rail and Road
One Kemble Street
London
WC2B 4AN

Tel: 020 7282 2000
Fax: 020 7282 2040
Website: www.orr.gov.uk

The Secretary of State for Transport

Contact them about consumer safety, compliance with requirement of merchant shipping law, including maritime safety and maritime security.

Chief Executive
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Bay 3/30
Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Southampton
SO15 1EG

Tel: 023 8032 9277
Fax: 023 8032 9122

Utilities

The Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Known as Ofgem)

Contact them about:

  • the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity
  • the transportation, shipping and supply of gas through pipes
  • smart meter communication service and ancillary activities
  • the renewable generation of heat

Whistleblowing Desk
Consumer Affairs
9 Millbank
London
SW1P 3GE

Tel: 020 7901 7121
Email: whistle@ofgem.gov.uk
Website: www.ofgem.gov.uk

Water Services Regulation Authority (known as Ofwat)

Contact them about the supply of water and the provision of sewerage services.

Case Management Office
Ofwat
Centre City Tower
7 Hill Street
Birmingham
B5 4UA

Tel: 0121 644 7725
Email: casemanagementoffice@ofwat.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.ofwat.gov.uk

The Water Industry Commission for Scotland

Contact them about the supply of water and the provision of sewerage services in Scotland.

Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland
First Floor Moray House
Forthside Way
Stirling
FK8 1QZ

Tel: 01786 430200
Email: enquiries@watercommission.co.uk
Website: www.watercommission.co.uk

  1. Healthwatch England (HWE) is part of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). While CQC is the Prescribed Person, arrangements are in place to allow workers to also make disclosures directly to HWE if they wish.

  2. As Health Education England (HEE) is the prescribed person, arrangements are in place to allow workers to make disclosures directly to their regional LETB as well as HEE.

  3. The Secretary of State for Health is the prescribed person for public health matters. Public Health England (PHE) discharges some of the public health responsibility on behalf of the Secretary of State. Arrangements are in place to allow disclosures to be made directly to PHE as well as to the Secretary of State for Health. See above for contact details.