United Kingdom

Draft submission on the government’s new Anti-Corruption Strategy

5th August 2016

One of the commitments included in the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan was to develop, in consultation with civil society, a new Anti-Corruption Strategy.  The government has started the process of developing that strategy.  The Open Government Network is preparing a submission to inform the strategy. Contribute via the GoogleDoc below. Available for comment until 19th August at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SPFFy_h1mahn2-EtMPL_H3I4CLiL20cNUXMplhT_Zwk/edit?usp=sharing

What does Brexit mean for open government?

2nd August 2016

On 21st July, members of the Open Government Network met to discuss what Brexit means for open government. Notes taken during the event can be found in the Google Doc below: Available at: bit.ly/BrexitOpenGov

Brexit and Open Government

14th July 2016

Brexit, as we now know, means Brexit. But what does it mean for open government in the UK? On the surface, nothing changes. Almost all the legislation, from Freedom of Information to Data Protection, is bound up in UK law. The Open Data agenda will also continue to move along. Even the EU initiated laws…

Land Registry privatisation threatens open government – OGN responds to government consultation

26th May 2016

The Open Government Network has responded to the government’s consultation on moving Land Registry operations to the private sector urging it to reconsider its proposals, expressing concerns that privatisation would have a detrimental impact on transparency, civic participation and accountability on an issue of national importance. In summary: We consider that the economy would be best served through the…

Land Registry privatisation threatens open government – Support the OGN’s consultation submission

24th May 2016

Over the past month the Open Government Network has collaboratively drafted its submission to the government’s consultation on moving Land Registry operations to the private sector. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A-3ckBTAAIWSwgpSTSD3IaPVWniLoeSd_eNJgrXgDc4/edit?usp=sharing Sign the submission! We’re now inviting individuals and organisations to sign up to the submission to show their support.  If you or your organisation can sign the submission,…

What open government policy can learn from internet culture: Reflections on developing the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan

24th May 2016

Last week saw the launch of the UK’s 2016-18 Open Government National Action Plan – the third plan the government has produced as a member of the global Open Government Partnership. The plan contains an impressive list of commitments, from extending company ownership transparency to opening up elections data, and collecting granular data on government grants to enhancing…

Continue, Start, Stop? Some Reflections on the UK’s Third National Action Plan

18th May 2016

On the 12 May the government launched its third open government National Action plan for the OGP. It’s an interesting mixture, so here’s a quick overview of what’s ongoing, what’s new and what’s not there: Continuing: despite David Cameron’s own difficulties over tax, his push over international tax transparency and anti-corruption continues. Perhaps the most…

OGN statement on the UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18

12th May 2016

Statement from the UK Open Government Network steering committee on the publication of the UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. It is not a set of lofty principles, but the building block…