United Kingdom

OGN meeting with Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office | 21 April 2016

9th May 2016

Thursday, 21 April, 4:00pm – 4:45pm Attendees Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General (Chair) Paul Maltby, Director of Data at Government Digital Service Thom Townsend, Government Digital Service Oliver Buckley, Deputy Director, Policy and International, Government Digital Service Jeremy Foster, Policy Officer, Government Digital Service Andy Williamson, Democratise Colm Burns,…


#ogpuk: Newcastle workshop notes

6th May 2016

Date: Thursday, 13 April 2016 from 15:00 to 17:30 Venue: Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ Introduction On 13 April 2016, the UK Open Government Network hosted a workshop in Newcastle to discuss progress on the 2016-18 National Action Plan and ideas for future commitments. Open contracting Tim explained that the OGN…


#ogpuk: Notes from Birmingham workshop

29th April 2016

Date: Thursday, 7 April 2016 from 15:00 to 17:30 Venue: Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NR Introduction On 7 April 2016, the UK Open Government Network and Cabinet Office co-hosted a workshop in Birmingham to discuss progress on the 2016-18 National Action Plan and ideas for future commitments. Freedom of Information Interest in whether the…


What impact would Land Registry privatisation have on transparency? Help write the OGN’s consultation response

26th April 2016

UPDATE: The deadline for contributing to drafting/editing the submission has been extended to 20 May.  Get involved here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A-3ckBTAAIWSwgpSTSD3IaPVWniLoeSd_eNJgrXgDc4/edit?usp=sharing  Introduction The government launched a consultation just before Easter on plans to privatise the Land Registry.  While the consultation document is at pains to stress that the register itself will remain in public ownership, there is significant concern…


OGP Global Summit 2016 announced

20th April 2016

The OGP Global Summit 2016 has been officially announced and a Call for Proposals to help form the agenda launched: https://en.ogpsummit.org/osem/conference/ogp-summit The OGP Global Summit 2016 will take place in Paris, France on December 7, 8 and 9. The agenda for the Global Summit will be based on an open call for proposals from the entire open…


Chancellor responds to OGN proposals on tax transparency

19th April 2016

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has responded to the Open Government Network’s letter proposing three commitments on tax transparency for inclusion in the UK’s 2016-18 Open Government Partnership National Action Plan: Proposal for HM Treasury commitments to be included in the UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan Thank you for your letter of 30 March, setting out three proposals…


Open Contracting: promoting transparency in public procurement

18th April 2016

From stationary supplies to major infrastructure projects like roads, schools and hospitals governments across the world are increasingly looking to the private sector to supply goods and services to their citizens. With the global value of this sort of outsourced procurement by the public sector now exceeding US$9.5 trillion each year (15% of global GDP)[i]…


The UK publishes its first EITI report

18th April 2016

On 15 April the United Kingdom published its first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report, after being an EITI candidate country since 2014. The report provides, for the first time, and for calendar year 2014, a detailed public breakdown of taxes, licence fees and other payments made to the UK government by 71 named oil, gas,…


#ogpuk: Notes from Manchester workshop

12th April 2016

Date: 24 March, 14:00 to 17:00 Venue: The Shed, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5GD Introduction On 24 March 2016, the UK Open Government Network and Cabinet Office co-hosted a workshop in Manchester to discuss progress on the 2016-18 National Action Plan and ideas for future commitments. Open Government Manifesto proposals For further information on the proposals…


NAP II: End of term government self-assessment survey

4th April 2016

The Open Government Partnership requires the government to produce a self-assessment of its performance against the 2013-15 OGP National Action Plan, which will feed into the report of the OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism.  To inform its self-assessment, the government is currently collecting feedback through a short survey.  We encourage all those who were involved in developing, implementing…