United Kingdom

Government reports on its implementation of 2013-15 open government action plan

18th October 2016

At the end of last week, the UK Government published its End of Term Self-Assessment on its implementation of the 2013-15 Open Government Action Plan. This table, presented in annex 1 of the report, summarises the government’s assessment of its completion of the 21 commitments. Commitment                              …

Statement from Ben Gummer on open government and the OGP

7th October 2016

Ben Gummer, who attended the Open Government Partnership (OGP) steering committee meeting and UN General Assembly events in New York at the end of September, has made the following statement about the UK’s continued commitment to open government and the OGP: “The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has made significant progress to ensure that citizens are better…

Statement on ongoing government and civil society collaboration on open government

7th October 2016

Also published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/united-kingdom-third-national-action-plan-commitment-13-government-and-civil-society-collaboration-subject-to-review  The first two United Kingdom Government National Action Plans (NAPs) had fixed two-year cycles of development and implementation. This meant that we could not always respond to and incorporate new ideas for opening up government as they arose. To address this challenge we have now moved to a rolling programme which enables…

OGP Summit 2016: Registration opens

23rd September 2016

Registration and the provisional schedule for the OGP Summit in Paris in December have been launched on the Summit website.  OGP Summit’s provide excellent opportunities to meet, learn from and discuss with people leading open government reforms and initiatives around the world.  Register now to attend! Here’s the organiser’s blurb: As a forum for sharing good…

Regulating the ‘revolving door’: OGN responds to Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry

19th September 2016

The UK Open Government Network has responded to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry on the role and effectiveness of ACoBA and Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. In summary: We are concerned that the current system for regulating propriety in public life is insufficient to protect against the risks associated with the “revolving…

Invitation to contribute to the Open Government Partnership’s strategic refresh

26th August 2016

Originally posted on the Open Government Partnership blog:  http://www.opengovpartnership.org/blog/alejandro-gonzalez-arreola/2016/08/24/ogp-strategy-dialogues-invitation-co-create-priorities OGP STRATEGY DIALOGUES: INVITATION TO CO-CREATE PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF OGP’S WORK (#OGPDIALOG) by Alejandro Gonzalez Arreola and Manish Bapna Next month, Open Government Partnership (OGP) will be marking its fifth anniversary. This sets the scene for us to celebrate the achievements of OGP – which at its…

Our new open Wiki to plan a programme for civil society capacity building

19th August 2016

Dear Open Government community, The civil society coordinators for UK, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are working together to strengthen and connect the Open Government civil society movements in the UK home nations. This project is being led by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and…

2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 27 July 2016

17th August 2016

On 27th July, government commitment leads and members of the UK Open Government Network steering group met for the first time to discuss implementation of the recently published 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan.  This note sets out the main points of the discussion. Updates were presented by the commitment leads on all the commitments in third…

OGN Steering Group writes to new Minister for the Cabinet Office, Ben Gummer

16th August 2016

Last week (10 August 2016), the UK Open Government Network steering group wrote to Ben Gummer, the new Minister for the Cabinet Office, to welcome him to post and set out how the OGN wishes to work with him to progress the open government agenda.  Read and download the text of the letter below. Dear Rt…

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