UK Economic Crime Plan

In July 2019, the UK government launched its Economic Crime Plan (2019–2022). This project tracks and support its implementation.




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In July 2019, the UK government set out a comprehensive plan for tackling economic crimes, including money-laundering, fraud and market abuse. The Economic Crime Plan (2019–2022) is the first of its kind in the UK and contains 52 actions along seven themes, including information sharing, enhanced capabilities and corporate transparency.

In September 2019, the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) established a project to track and support the implementation of the plan. The project provided unbiased technical support to government on key action points and introduced a range of measures to support transparency around the progress of the plan.

Project sponsor

This project is funded by the Open Society Foundation.

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Aims and objectives

The overarching aim of this project is to ensure that the Economic Crime Plan’s implementation is prioritised by government and that it reduces the attractiveness of the UK as a global hub for money-laundering and fraud.

The project has two key objectives. First, it aims to ensure that decision-making on key actions within the plan is based on reasoned principles and evidence. RUSI assists by providing impartial, technical input to officials through workshops and working groups, targeted policy papers and informal advice to officials and ministers.

The second objective is to increase transparency around the Economic Crime Plan’s progress and to support external scrutiny. To aid this objective, RUSI created the Economic Crime Plan Tracker, which provides quarterly updates on progress against the plan’s 52 actions. The project also worked with partners to establish the Civil Society Organisation Steering Group, which inputs coordinated civil society positions on key issues to the ministerially-chaired Economic Crime Steering Board.

Finally, the project provides unbiased and fact-based viewpoints on key issues within the plan to media and parliamentary stakeholders to support factually-accurate scrutiny of the government’s progress in this area.

Thought leadership

Our series of thought leadership videos focuses on key themes under the UK Government’s Economic Crime Plan.

Edward Lucas: Illicit Finance Undermines ‘Global Britain’

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Karen Baxter: Information-Sharing to Tackle Economic Crime

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Dame Margaret Hodge: The UK Needs Corporate Transparency Reform

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Michael Bowes QC: The UK’s Economic Crime Enforcement Landscape

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Alison Thewliss: AML Supervision and Corporate Integrity

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Project outputs


Access the key tools and publications created as part of this project.

Economic Crime Plan Online Tracker

This online tracker provides a tool by which the progress of the Economic Crime Plan can be monitored.

Economic Crime Civil Society Organisations Steering Group (CSOSG)
Clamping the Wheel of the Money Launderers’ ‘Vehicle of Choice’: Reform of the UK Company Registry
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Survival of the Fittest: The UK’s Anti-Money Laundering Supervisory Regime
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Getting the Economic Crime Plan Done: Why Economic Crime Matters for Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’
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Episode 11: The Future of Economic Crime Policing in the UK
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Episode 8: What defined financial crime in 2019?
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  • Addressing the Effects of Economic Crime: Turning Vision into Strategy

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  • Risk-based and Data-led: Can the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Meet it...

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  • What Does the Future Hold for the UK’s Money Laundering Regulations?

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