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OGP Commitment 6

30th July 2014

As part of the UK’s 2013 OGP Commitments, the Government announced last year that it would publish its first-ever National Anti-Corruption Action Plan. Although various government departments and institutions deal with corruption, until now there has been no one person or department coordinating this work – i.e. no overall strategy, no centralised data collection, and…


Time to open up the open government movement: Omidyar Network grant announcement

17th July 2014

It’s now eight months since the UK’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) 2013-15 National Action Plan was launched at the London OGP Summit. Over the 12 months before its launch, the action plan was developed collaboratively by the UK Government and members of the UK OGP civil society network. As well as securing a number of strong commitments, the process of…


What is the Open Government Partnership | Building Change Trust

17th April 2014

From the Building Change Trust blog: “In May, the Building Change Trust is hosting a seminar on the potential implementation of the Open Government Partnership in Northern Ireland. What would this mean for the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector? We answer your questions.” Visit the site


Meeting Note: Planning the implementation of the National Action Plan | 26 Feb 2014

5th March 2014

On 26 February 2014, members of the UK OGP civil society network met with Cabinet Office officials to discuss the implementation phase of the National Action Plan. The purpose of the meeting was to: Update the network on progress to date Run through the proposed implementation plan Determine roles and responsibilities for the next phase…



PASC calls for further evidence on statistics and open data

13th November 2013

Press Release from the Public Administration Select Committee: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE  Select Committee  Announcement For immediate Release: 13 November 2013 PASC CALLS FOR FURTHER EVIDENCE ON STATISTICS AND OPEN DATA The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is conducting an inquiry into statistics and open data in Government, with a focus on the progress of…



Publication of the UK’s second Open Government Partnership National Action Plan

5th November 2013

At last week’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit, the UK published its second OGP National Action Plan. This marked the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work by government officials and civil society network members to develop, scrutinise and reach compromise on the commitments to be included in the plan. The final result can be…


Open letter to the Prime Minister

8th October 2013

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…


UK Government launches BETA of new tool for interrogating government spending

31st July 2013

The UK Government has just launched a BETA version of a new tool for interrogating government spending called GIST – Government Interrogating Spending Tool: http://www.gist.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ A press release by the Cabinet Office states that: A powerful new online tool which presents taxpayers with an unprecedented view of how their money is spent was launched today by Cabinet Office Minister…