United Kingdom

Open Government Network calls on the government to make company ownership transparent

4th April 2016

The Open Government Network has responded to the government’s consultation on ‘Enhancing transparency of beneficial ownership information of foreign companies’ calling on ministers to use the opportunity of the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Summit and the UK’s 2016-18 Open Government Partnership National Action Plan to commit to: “Ensure that all companies that own property or participate in delivering…


Open Government Network calls on the Chancellor to make commitments to tax transparency

30th March 2016

The UK Open Government Network has written to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, proposing three commitments for inclusion in the UK’s 2016-18 Open Government Partnership National Action Plan: Make UK registered companies (that operate beyond the UK) publish their taxes, profits and other key economic data for each country where they do business. Put into…


Proposal to extend Freedom of Information to all public contractors

10th March 2016

Following the publication of the Commission on Freedom of Information’s findings and ahead of the publication of the UK’s 2016-18 open government action plan, the Campaign for Freedom of Information and Open Government Network have written to Matthew Hancock (Minister for the Cabinet Office) proposing a commitment to extend Freedom of Information to public service…


Next steps for developing the open government action plan

8th March 2016

During February, the​ Open Government Network ​co-​​hosted ​with government ​four ​workshops ​​to further develop commitments for the ​UK’s third​ Open Government ​Partnership ​National Action Plan.  Notes of each of the workshops can be found via these links: Access to information / Open data Anti-corruption Civic participation Public accountability Working groups Over the coming weeks, small…


Consultation on Beneficial Ownership Transparency launched

7th March 2016

One of the headline commitments in the UK’s 2013-15 OGP National Action Plan was to publish an open register of beneficial ownership – those who own or benefit from companies registered in the UK.  For the UK’s upcoming action plan, the Open Government Network is calling on government to go a step further to: Ensure that all…


OGN Members respond to the FOI Commission

1st March 2016

Following the publication of the Commission on Freedom of Information’s recommendations and the Government’s “preliminary views, members of the Open Government Network have issued the following responses. This post will be updated as new responses are published. Article 19 ARTICLE 19 WELCOMES GOVERNMENT DECISION NOT TO AMEND FOIA BUT CONCERNS REMAIN ARTICLE 19 welcomes the announcement of UK…


Government responds to the Commission on Freedom of Information

1st March 2016

Matt Hancock (Minister for the Cabinet Office) laid the following written statement in Parliament in response to the “Independent Commission on Freedom of Information’s” final report: This government is committed to making government more transparent, so taxpayers can hold the state to account both on how their money is being spent and how decisions are…


Freedom of Information Commission publishes recommendations

1st March 2016

The “Independent Commission on Freedom of Information”, established by the Government on 17 July 2015 to review the Freedom of Information Act, has published its findings and recommendations.  The Commission held a call for evidence, which received over 30,000 submissions, including from the Open Government Network and its members, as well as two oral evidence…


Outputs and follow up from theme workshops

11th February 2016

During February, the​ Open Government Network ​co-​​hosted ​with government ​four ​workshops ​​to further develop the commitments for the ​UK’s third​ Open Government ​Partnership ​National Action Plan.  The ​sessions were well attended and we’re grateful to everyone who gave up their time​ and brought lots of energy to the discussions​. ​ There was lots of discussion in…


Think government should be more transparent, engaging and accountable? Here’s how to get involved in writing the UK’s new open government action plan

27th January 2016

Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. As a member of the global Open Government Partnership, the UK and devolved governments must publish an open government action plan in June 2016, setting out clear, specific and measurable open government…