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Ó Muilleoir: Open government key commitment

25th November 2016

(via the Department of Finance) Speaking today at an event to mark the first year of the OpenDataNI portal the Finance Minister announced that the Executive has agreed to a range of open government commitments to strengthen transparency and accountability across Executive departments. Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said: “I recognise the achievements to date in progressing…


CSOs call on the Government to open up the Land Registry

8th November 2016

A group of eleven civil society organisations have written to Greg Clarke, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, calling on the Government to open up the Land Registry. The letter is signed by Tim Hughes, coordinator of the Open Government Network, on its behalf. To: The Rt Hon Greg…


2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 25 Oct 2016 | Meeting note

7th November 2016

On 25 October 2016, members of the OGN’s steering committee and government commitment leads met to review the implementation of the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan and the UK OGP process. This note of the meeting was produced by the Cabinet Office. Commitment updates Commitment 1: Beneficial ownership – Matthew Brown (BEIS) said the plan is…


Ben Gummer responds to OGN Steering Group’s letter

21st October 2016

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has responded to the Open Government Network steering group’s letter of 10th August. Read the response below. Thank you for your letter of 10th August and annexes, which I have read with interest. I am aware of the good work undertaken by Francis Maude, Matt Hancock and others…


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

18th October 2016

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                              …


Statement from Ben Gummer on open government and the OGP

7th October 2016

Ben Gummer, who attended the Open Government Partnership (OGP) steering committee meeting and UN General Assembly events in New York at the end of September, has made the following statement about the UK’s continued commitment to open government and the OGP: “The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has made significant progress to ensure that citizens are better…


Statement on ongoing government and civil society collaboration on open government

7th October 2016

Also published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/united-kingdom-third-national-action-plan-commitment-13-government-and-civil-society-collaboration-subject-to-review  The first two United Kingdom Government National Action Plans (NAPs) had fixed two-year cycles of development and implementation. This meant that we could not always respond to and incorporate new ideas for opening up government as they arose. To address this challenge we have now moved to a rolling programme which enables…


What does the public want from Open Government?

29th September 2016

On the 4th September 2016 30 members of the public met in Glasgow to discuss what they want as citizens from an Open Government. I have written up the outcomes from that meeting and you can download the file from here­. Please read it and comment on the Meetup group any feedback you may have. As…


OGP Summit 2016: Registration opens

23rd September 2016

Registration and the provisional schedule for the OGP Summit in Paris in December have been launched on the Summit website.  OGP Summit’s provide excellent opportunities to meet, learn from and discuss with people leading open government reforms and initiatives around the world.  Register now to attend! Here’s the organiser’s blurb: As a forum for sharing good…


Regulating the ‘revolving door’: OGN responds to Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry

19th September 2016

The UK Open Government Network has responded to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry on the role and effectiveness of ACoBA and Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. In summary: We are concerned that the current system for regulating propriety in public life is insufficient to protect against the risks associated with the “revolving…