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All political parties must commit to open government | Joint letter

23rd January 2015

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…


Meeting with Francis Maude | 4th November 2014

19th November 2014

Introduction On 4th November 2014, seven members of the UK Open Government Civil Society Network met Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office) and officials from the Cabinet Office Transparency Team to discuss progress and next steps on the Open Government Partnership in the UK. Attendees Civil Society Network Andy Williamson, Democratise Anthony Zacharzewski, Democratic…


Whitehall Monitor 2014 | How transparent is the UK Government?

18th November 2014

The Institute for Government has just published the findings of it’s Whitehall Monitor, which reviews the size, shape and performance of Whitehall: http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/IFG%20-%20Whitehall%20Monitor%202014.pdf Among the findings are indicators of how transparent government is. Headline findings on this are: “Government has improved the way it publishes and uses some of its data over the past year, including…


An Open invitation

18th November 2014

Open government is the simple yet powerful idea that institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. If you’re interested in opening up government budgets, contracts, datasets, decisionmaking, information, policymaking or public services, we invite you to join the UK Open Government Forum. At the centre of open government are three…


Network meeting note | 29 October 2014

5th November 2014

Attendees Tim Hughes, Involve Josephine Suherman, Involve Miles Litvinoff, Publish What You Pay UK Nehal Depani, Compact Voice Rachel Davies, Transparency International UK Claire Schouten, International Budget Partnership Thomas McGarvey, Transparency International UK Andrew Parsons, Public Concern at Work Beck Wallace, Cafod Discussion notes First Hour (OGP civil society network) Update from Tim Hughes, Involve:…


If you could get the UK government to do one thing to improve its openness, what would it be?

23rd October 2014

Would you call on government to bring contractors under the Freedom of Information Act? Support and develop the UK Anti-Corruption Action Plan? Give the public a say in the future of the UK through a citizen-led Constitutional Convention? Develop an open and comprehensive register of lobbyists? Today the UK Open Government Civil Society Network is launching a…


Charities, politics and civic space | Francis Maude’s response

17th October 2014

The following response from Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office) to the UK OGP civil society network’s letter on charities, politics and civic space was received earlier this week: [line]   Mr Tim Hughes UK OGP Civil Society Coordinator Involve 33 Corsham Street London, N1 6DR 1 October 2014 Dear Tim, Thank you for…


Launch of the Northern Ireland Open Government Network

7th October 2014

Venue: Malone House, Barnett Demesne Date: Wednesday 5th November 2014 Time: 10am – 1pm  Register Here: https://opengovnilaunch.eventbrite.co.uk The Building Change Trust will be hosting a seminar and discussion event on 5th November for all those organisations and individuals interested in progressing an open government agenda and getting involved in a campaign for the implementation of the Open Government…


Charities, politics and civic space | An open letter to Francis Maude MP

11th September 2014

Yesterday, 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. [line] The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP The Cabinet Office 70 Whitehall London SW1A 2AS 10 September 2014 Dear Minister Charities, politics and civic space…


Can we crowdsource an open government manifesto?

1st August 2014

The experience of other Open Government Partnership countries demonstrates that elections can be a make or break moment for the progression of open government reforms. With that in mind, we’re exploring ways to ensure that the UK General Election in May 2015 results in more, not less, momentum for the open government movement. We think…