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Open Government Manifesto closing 25th June

18th June 2015

Six months ago we launched the Open Government Manifesto to collect ideas for what should be in the UK’s new Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. The intention has been to collect ideas from across civil society in preparation for engaging with the government on developing the action plan. During the six months the manifesto has…



Launch of the UK Open Government Action Plan process

16th June 2015

On 13th July, the UK Open Government Network and Cabinet Office Transparency Team are jointly hosting an event to kick off the development of the UK’s third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. See the full details and registration for the event >> The UK’s 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan – which will set out specific,…


Scottish Government consulting on extending Freedom of Information Act

14th June 2015

The Scottish Government is consulting on extending Freedom of Information Act: “The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides a statutory right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities. The provisions of the Act can be extended to bodies that carry out functions of a public nature or which provide, under a contract with…


Matthew Hancock responds to briefing paper

8th June 2015

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock, has responded to the Open Government Network’s briefing paper on “Leading on Open Government“. Download: Matt Hancock’s response [pdf] Dear Tim Thank you for your email of 18 May with briefing from the UK Open Government Civil Society Network on the open government agenda. In our manifesto, we…



Which are the highest priority commitments for the UK’s new OGP National Action Plan?

27th May 2015

Over the past six months the UK Open Government Network has collected over fifty ideas from civil society for commitments that should be included in the UK’s new National Action Plan. Next week we’re holding a strategy meeting on Thursday afternoon (1-5pm, full details below), at which we will be to begin to identify which areas are…


Leading on Open Government | A UK Open Government Network briefing – May 2015

18th May 2015

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…


Labour states its commitment to open government

27th April 2015

In January, the UK Open Government Network sent a letter to all UK political parties calling on them to state their commitment to open government. The Labour party has just sent the following response. [line] Dear Tim Thank you for your letter and giving me the opportunity to reiterate the Labour Party’s commitment to transparency…


Open Government in the Plaid Cymru Manifesto

21st April 2015

We’ve been scanning through the party manifestos for policies relevant to open government. This is what we’ve found in the Plaid Cymru Manifesto. Have we missed anything? Plaid Cymru Manifesto Briefing on commitments of interest to open government reformers Read the Plaid Cymru Manifesto here. Topline messages Quote from the manifesto Page number Citizen-led Constitution Written constitution for…