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PWYP UK urges UK Treasury to require open data reporting by all London Stock Exchange-listed extractive companies | PWYP UK

22nd July 2015

PWYP UK has urged the UK Treasury to require open data reporting by all London Stock Exchange-listed extractive companies: With the UK Treasury still appearing reluctant to prescribe open data payment reporting for non-UK-incorporated London-listed extractive companies, PWYP UK members have written to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, highlighting this inconsistency…


2014-2015 UK Progress Report: Public Comments Section | Open Government Partnership

21st July 2015

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) has released the UK progress report for public comment. The report covers the first year of implementation of the second UK action plan. The entire report is available here. The OGP invites all stakeholders to make comments on the draft document to ensure that the final version represents all possible…


OGP Global Summit 2015 | Call for Proposals

19th July 2015

The Open Government Partnership is inviting proposals for sessions at the upcoming Global Summit in Mexico in October: The 2015 Open Government Partnership Global Summit will be held in Mexico City on October 27, 28 and 29. Around 1,500 participants from government, civil society organizations, multilateral organizations, media, and the private sector are expected to…


Roundtable with Scottish Civil Society Organisations on OGP in Scotland | 14 July 2015

17th July 2015

On 14th July, we held a roundtable with Scottish civil society organisations to discuss if and how Scotland should be involved in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the UK’s third (2016-18) OGP National Action Plan. The following note sets out what was discussed and agreed. Details When: 14th July 2015, 10am to 12pm Where: Edinburgh…


Freedom of information: new Commission – Written statements to Parliament | GOV.UK

17th July 2015

Minister for the Cabinet Office Matthew Hancock laid a written statement in Parliament about the new Commission on Freedom of Information. We are committed to being the most transparent government in the world. To deliver that goal we are opening up government to citizens by making it easier to access information and increase the volume…



Matt Hancock speech at UK OGP National Action Plan development launch

13th July 2015

The Minister for Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock, launched the development of the UK’s new Open Government Partnership National Action Plan: Thank you for that introduction Simon [Burall, Involve]. You’ve been a leading voice for democratic reform and I know you’ve worked in some tough environments across the world. Your job would have been particularly tough if…


Ideas for Open Gov Manifesto

25th June 2015

We want to know how you think government and public services in the UK can be improved through greater transparency, participation and accountability. Fighting corruption. Ensuring public money is well spent. Improving public services. Developing better policy and laws. Knowing how decisions are being made, and who is influencing them. Making the voices of citizens…


CSO Leadership Changes in the OGP Steering Committee | Open Government Partnership

25th June 2015

News on changes to the OGP civil society leadership, from the OGP blog: “OGP is growing up. At the end of the month, a dozen countries will complete new national action plans, adding to the more than 2,000 commitments already made and many delivered. Several of these countries are embarking on their second national action…


Gove comments indicate government plans to weaken FOI | Campaign for Freedom of Information

24th June 2015

The Campaign for Freedom of Information, an Open Government Network member, has expressed concern at yesterday’s Commons statement by the Justice Secretary Michael Gove saying that the government would “revisit” the Freedom of Information Act to ensure that civil servants’ advice to ministers was protected so they could “speak candidly”. The Campaign’s director Maurice Frankel…