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Stop FOI restrictions | Campaign for Freedom of Information

9th July 2015

From the Campaign for Freedom of Information: “The Government is likely to be considering three sets of new restrictions to the FOI Act. These are likely to involve: (1) preventing the disclosure of government policy discussions (2) strengthening the ministerial veto (3) making it easier for authorities to refuse FOI requests on cost grounds The…


Ideas for Open Gov Manifesto

25th June 2015

We want to know how you think government and public services in the UK can be improved through greater transparency, participation and accountability. Fighting corruption. Ensuring public money is well spent. Improving public services. Developing better policy and laws. Knowing how decisions are being made, and who is influencing them. Making the voices of citizens…


CSO Leadership Changes in the OGP Steering Committee | Open Government Partnership

25th June 2015

News on changes to the OGP civil society leadership, from the OGP blog: “OGP is growing up. At the end of the month, a dozen countries will complete new national action plans, adding to the more than 2,000 commitments already made and many delivered. Several of these countries are embarking on their second national action…


Gove comments indicate government plans to weaken FOI | Campaign for Freedom of Information

24th June 2015

The Campaign for Freedom of Information, an Open Government Network member, has expressed concern at yesterday’s Commons statement by the Justice Secretary Michael Gove saying that the government would “revisit” the Freedom of Information Act to ensure that civil servants’ advice to ministers was protected so they could “speak candidly”. The Campaign’s director Maurice Frankel…


Enhancing Accountability through Open Government? Learning about and Leveraging OGP | Politics, Governance and Development

22nd June 2015

Brendan Halloran has posted some interesting reflections about OGP on his blog following last month’s Africa Regional Meeting. This section on civil society leveraging OGP particularly chimed with me: “Throughout the meeting in Tanzania, civil society members asked themselves the question: is participation in OGP worth it? And if not, when does the time come to walk…


Future of public services reform: Matthew Hancock speech | GOV.UK

21st June 2015

Last week Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, gave a speech on public service reform that touched on some elements of open government. The text of his full speech is available from GOV.UK. “Crucial to this is the principle that by listening to user feedback and analysing the data that comes with usage, an…


Open Government Manifesto closing 25th June

18th June 2015

Six months ago we launched the Open Government Manifesto to collect ideas for what should be in the UK’s new Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. The intention has been to collect ideas from across civil society in preparation for engaging with the government on developing the action plan. During the six months the manifesto has…



Launch of the UK Open Government Action Plan process

16th June 2015

On 13th July, the UK Open Government Network and Cabinet Office Transparency Team are jointly hosting an event to kick off the development of the UK’s third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. See the full details and registration for the event >> The UK’s 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan – which will set out specific,…


Matthew Hancock responds to briefing paper

8th June 2015

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock, has responded to the Open Government Network’s briefing paper on “Leading on Open Government“. Download: Matt Hancock’s response [pdf] Dear Tim Thank you for your email of 18 May with briefing from the UK Open Government Civil Society Network on the open government agenda. In our manifesto, we…