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OGN submission: Consultation on moving Land Registry operations to the private sector

26th May 2016 – OGN Papers

This response was submitted on 26th May 2016 by the UK Open Government Network to the government’s consultation on moving Land Registry operations to the private sector The UK Open Government Civil Society Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency,…


UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18

12th May 2016 – Official OGP Documents

UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 Foreword by the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General This government is determined to deliver on its manifesto commitment to continue to be the most transparent government in the world. This is an ambitious task – but we are building on a strong base. I am…


OGN submission: Make company ownership transparent

4th April 2016 – OGN Papers

Submission to the government’s consultation on ‘Enhancing transparency of beneficial ownership information of foreign companies’. All companies that own property or participate in public contracts should disclose as open data who controls and benefits from their business decisions. Corruption thrives under conditions of secrecy.  When corrupt individuals and other criminals obtain illicit funds, they seek out ways…


OGN letter: Commit to tax transparency

30th March 2016 – OGN Papers

Dear Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer Proposal for HM Treasury commitments to be included in the UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan We, the undersigned organisations, who are all members of the UK Open Government Civil Society Network, are writing to propose three commitments from HM Treasury for inclusion in…


OGN Briefing: Extend Freedom of Information to all public contractors

10th March 2016 – OGN Papers

Extend Freedom of Information to all public contractors: A proposal for the UK’s 2016-18 OGP National Action Plan Introduction The development of the UK’s third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan and the publication of the Commission on Freedom of Information’s findings present a perfect opportunity to consider how the public’s democratic right to information, and…


Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2015

27th January 2016 – Other Resources

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 is out. The UK improved its score from 2014, moving from 14th place to joint 10th place with Germany and Luxembourg in 2015. Visit the index here: http://www.transparency.org/cpi2015  



OGN Briefing: Evidence to the FOI Commission

20th November 2015 – OGN Papers

This evidence, endorsed by over 100 civil society organisations, was submitted by the UK Open Government Network to the FOI Commission in response to its call for evidence. It argues that: It is not in the interests of the public or good government for policy deliberations to have absolute exemption from FOI. Decisions on whether information…


Open Government Manifesto

1st October 2015 – OGN Papers

The Open Government Manifesto, based on a ten month project to source the best open government ideas from citizens and civil society across the UK,  puts forward key proposals for commitments for the UK’s third OGP National Action Plan. Through a series of workshops around the country and an online platform, 79 ideas were collected between…


IRM: United Kingdom Progress Report 2013-15

24th September 2015 – Official OGP Documents

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) produces biannual independent progress reports for each country participating in OGP.  The progress reports assess governments on the development and implementation of OGP action plans, progress in fulfilling open government principles, and make technical recommendations for improvements. These reports are intended to stimulate dialogue and promote accountability between member governments…


Terms of Reference of the UK Open Government Network

7th September 2015 – OGN Papers

1. Introduction The UK Open Government Civil Society Network (OGN) is a coalition of individuals and organisations committed to making government work better for people through transparency, participation and accountability. This document sets out the OGN’s terms of reference, as agreed on 7 September 2015. These terms of reference will be reviewed once every two…


OGN Letter: Concerns regarding Freedom of Information Commission and Tribunal Fees

14th August 2015 – OGN Papers

Members of the UK Open Government Network have written to Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, to express concern at recent developments that threaten the Freedom of Information Act. Read and download the letter below. UPDATE 12/10/15: The Minister’s response to this letter can be found here: http://www.opengovernment.org.uk/2015/10/12/matthew-hancock-responds-to-foi-letter/  The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP Minister…


OGN Briefing: Leading on open government

18th May 2015 – OGN Papers

The UK Open Government Civil Society Network has produced a briefing for the new Minister for the Cabinet Office in which we set out how we believe this government can lead the open government agenda. As the UK looks to the development of its third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan over the next six months, the leadership of the Minister for…


Mid-term self-assessment: UK National Action Plan 2013-15

1st March 2015 – Official OGP Documents

The mid-term self assessment​ looks at the government’s progress 15 months into the 2013-15 action plan. “Prime Minister David Cameron launched the second UK Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP) at the OGP summit in London on 31 October 2013. In doing so he credited the OGP, “a truly exciting institution”, with “helping to drive this transparency…



OGN Letter: All political parties must commit to open government

23rd January 2015 – OGN Papers

This week, over seventy members of the UK Open Government Network sent a letter to UK political parties calling on them to commit to open government and the Open Government Partnership. Read the letter below. The letter was sent to: Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Conservative Party Democratic Unionist Party Green Party Labour Labour Liberal…


OGN Letter: Charities, politics & civic space

11th September 2014 – OGN Papers

Members of the UK OGP civil society network sent the following letter to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, on the subject of charities, politics and civic space. The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP The Cabinet Office 70 Whitehall London SW1A 2AS 10 September 2014 Dear Minister Charities, politics and civic space You have…


OGN Briefing: Story of the UK National Action Plan 2013-15

3rd February 2014 – OGN Papers

What we did, and what we learnt doing it – reflections by the UK civil society coordinators Download the paper: Story of the UK National Action Plan 2013-15 01. Introduction On 31 October 2013, at the Open Government Partnership Summit, the UK launched its 2013 to 2015 National Action Plan. Over the preceding 12 months, this plan…


OGN Letter: Proposed lobbying register is not fit for purpose

13th December 2013 – OGN Papers

With the end of the pause to the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trades Union Administration Bill coming on Monday, members of the UK OGP civil society network have today written an open letter to ministers calling on the Government to redraft Part 1 of the Bill in order to enable proper public scrutiny of…


IRM: United Kingdom Progress Report 2011–2013

14th November 2013 – Official OGP Documents

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is a key means by which all stakeholders can track OGP progress in participating countries. The IRM produces biannual independent progress reports for each country participating in OGP.  The progress reports assess governments on the development and implementation of OGP action plans, progress in fulfilling open government principles, and make…


UK Action Plan 2013-15

31st October 2013 – Official OGP Documents

1. Foreword by the Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Transparency and open government are ideas whose time has come. People around the world are demanding much greater openness, democracy and accountability from their governments. Citizens are demanding that the state should be their servant, not their master, and that information that governments hold…


Open Government Guide

30th October 2013 – Other Resources

The Open Government Guide is a resource for people working to make their governments more transparent, responsive, accountable and effective. It is designed in particular to support the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The guide highlights practical, measurable, specific and actionable steps that governments can, and are taking across a range of cross-cutting and focused areas. The…


OGN Letter: Open letter to the Prime Minister

8th October 2013 – OGN Papers

Today (8 October 2013), civil society organisations from the UK OGP civil society network sent the following open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to announce a series of ambitious commitments towards greater openness: Rt Hon David Cameron MP 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA   Cc: The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP…


OGN Statement: Publication of the UK’s Draft 2013-15 Action Plan

27th June 2013 – OGN Papers

Today (27 June 2013) sees the publication of the UK’s draft Open Government Action Plan, which has been developed with extensive input from members of this civil society network. The draft plan sets out the case for enhanced transparency, participation and accountability in government, acknowledges the need for the UK to take a lead in pushing…



OGN Submission: UK 2011-13 Action Plan Self Assessment

15th April 2013 – OGN Papers

The UK OGP civil society network today submitted the following to the Government’s consultation on its self assessment against the UK’s 2011 open government action plan: To whom it concerns, Over the past few months civil society organisations that form part of the UK OGP Civil Society Network have been working with Cabinet Office colleagues…


OGN briefing: UK Civil Society Network Vision for the Open Government Partnership

30th October 2012 – OGN Papers

Introduction On 11 October 2012, the UK Civil Society Network for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) met to discuss civil society priorities for open government. The network is an open and informal collection of organisations working across the breadth of open government at a national and international level. This document summarises our key priorities for…


OGN Briefing: Perspectives on the 2011-13 Nation Action Plan

16th April 2012 – OGN Papers

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations have produced a collaborative analysis of the UK National Action Plan and wider open government policy environment. All countries subscribing to the Open Government Partnership have to submit submit a National Action Plan (NAP) based on the principles of open government that are articulated in the OGP Declaration. Organisations contributing…


OGN Letter: Open letter to Francis Maude

14th April 2012 – OGN Papers

Last week UK civil society organisations wrote to the Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for the UKs Open Government Partnership commitments, Francis Maude, to start building towards more civil society engagement in the UK. A number of these organisations have also been contributing to a more detailed initial analysis of the UKs National Action Plan.…


UK Action Plan 2011-13

1st September 2011 – Official OGP Documents

ENHANCING PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY THROUGH OPEN GOVERNMENT “We want to be the most open and transparent government in the world”, Prime Minister David Cameron (2010) Open Data and Transparency may be the most powerful levers of 21st century public policy. They present multiple opportunities offering benefit to the public sector, individuals, businesses and the UK…