News 18th October 2016

Government reports on its implementation of 2013-15 open government action plan

by Tim Hughes

Tim is coordinator of the UK Open Government Network.

At the end of last week, the UK Government published its End of Term Self-Assessment on its implementation of the 2013-15 Open Government Action Plan. This table, presented in annex 1 of the report, summarises the government’s assessment of its completion of the 21 commitments.

Commitment                                                                          

Completion status

1. National Information Infrastructure

Completed

2. Health information standards

Withdrawn

3. Local authority transparency code

Completed

4. Social investment

Completed

5. Digital records

Substantial

6. Anti-corruption

Completed

7. Beneficial ownership

Completed

8. Police records

Limited

9. Construction sector transparency

Limited

10. Legislation

Substantial

11. Whistleblowing

Substantial

12. Open contracting

Substantial

13. Open contracting Scotland

Completed

14. Aid transparency

Completed

15. Better information about health and care

Substantial

16. Open policy making

Completed

17. Sciencewise

Completed

18. Draft legislation

Completed

19. OpenDataCommunities

Completed

20. PSI Directive

Completed

21. Extractives

Substantial

An independent assessment, made by the OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism, will be published in due course.

The government published the following press release to launch the report.


PRESS RELEASE: Open Government Partnership: UK Government delivering greater transparency

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/open-government-partnership-uk-government-delivering-greater-transparency

The government has today announced that it is delivering on its promises to increase transparency by demonstrating significant progress in its Open Government National Action Plan of 2013-15.

Eighteen out of twenty-one commitments have been completed, including working to introduce a new criminal offence of police corruption, and abolishing bearer shares in order to make it harder for criminals to launder the proceeds of corruption.

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office, welcomed the work that has been done and outlined that the Government is committed to keeping transparency at the heart of its approach to government. He said:

Trust in government is the most important part of the relationship between the citizen and the state.

Being open and transparent is crucial to that relationship. We have taken bold steps to get us to the top of the worldwide transparency league table, but we want to accelerate our efforts to do better still.

The National Action Plan sets out concrete commitments on open government which have been developed and implemented with the active engagement of citizens and civil society.

Highlights include:

  • Creating a publicly accessible central register of company beneficial ownership information, containing details about who ultimately owns and controls UK companies in order to tackle the misuse of companies and other legal entities.
  • Publishing a revised Local Authorities Data Transparency Code requiring local authorities to publish key information and data. This will place more power into citizens’ hands and make it easier for local people to contribute to the decision-making process and help shape public service.
  • Becoming the most transparent social investment market in the OGP (Open Government Partnership) and G20. According to Big Society Capital, at the end of 2015 social investment in the UK was worth more than £1.5 billion and is supporting over 3,000 charities and social enterprises.

Further information

The 2013-15 National Action Plan was launched by the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, alongside the Open Government Partnership Summit in London on 31 October 2013, and ran until the end of 2015. This report will inform the Open Government Partnership’s independent assessment of the Government’s progress.

The government’s third action plan, containing 13 commitments, was published in May 2016 alongside the Anti-Corruption Summit held in London.

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative of 70 countries that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency; empower citizens; fight corruption; and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Today’s update is available for download here

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