United Kingdom

Local democracy for everyone: Open local government

12th February 2015

On Saturday 7th February, the UK Open Government Network hosted a session on open local government at “Local democracy for everyone: We’re not in Westminster anymore”. The UK Open Government Network is a group of organisations and individuals committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability. The network collaborates…




All political parties must commit to open government | Joint letter

23rd January 2015

This week, over seventy members of the UK Open Government Network sent a letter to UK political parties calling on them to commit to open government and the Open Government Partnership. Read the letter below. The letter was sent to: Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Conservative Party Democratic Unionist Party Green Party Labour Labour Liberal…


Securing open government commitments from political parties | Meeting note

16th December 2014

15th November 2014, 12:00 to 14:00 33 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR and remotely Attendees Anthony Zacharzewski, Democratic Society Claire Schouten, International Budget Partnership David Newman, e-consultation.org Ellen Broad, Open Data Institute Josephine Suherman-Bailey, Involve Louise King, Save the Children Prateek Buch, Sense About Science Simon Burall, Involve Tim Hughes, Involve (Chair) Vince Braithwaite, PublicMedia…


Open government in action: calling for profiles

12th December 2014

Does your organisation have a story to tell on the impact of open government on your work and on the lives of citizens? What does open government mean and why is it important? Open government can be quite a broad and abstract concept. In simple terms it’s the idea that institutions work better for citizens when…



Meeting with Francis Maude | 4th November 2014

19th November 2014

Introduction On 4th November 2014, seven members of the UK Open Government Civil Society Network met Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office) and officials from the Cabinet Office Transparency Team to discuss progress and next steps on the Open Government Partnership in the UK. Attendees Civil Society Network Andy Williamson, Democratise Anthony Zacharzewski, Democratic…


Whitehall Monitor 2014 | How transparent is the UK Government?

18th November 2014

The Institute for Government has just published the findings of it’s Whitehall Monitor, which reviews the size, shape and performance of Whitehall: http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/IFG%20-%20Whitehall%20Monitor%202014.pdf Among the findings are indicators of how transparent government is. Headline findings on this are: “Government has improved the way it publishes and uses some of its data over the past year, including…


An Open invitation

18th November 2014

Open government is the simple yet powerful idea that institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. If you’re interested in opening up government budgets, contracts, datasets, decisionmaking, information, policymaking or public services, we invite you to join the UK Open Government Forum. At the centre of open government are three…