News and blog

OGN Submission: Consultation on Revised FOI Code of Practice

2nd February 2018 – News

This response was submitted on 2nd February 2018 by the UK Open Government Network to the government’s consultation on the revised FOI Code of Practice (the set of guidelines for civil servants for dealing with FOI requests). Some of the main points that we made included: – The Code of Practice should be fully aligned…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Have you noticed that we don’t have a Government?

2nd February 2018 – Points of View

Written by Colm Burns & David McBurney “We are the dupes of those who shape the content of our beliefs, who introduce us to each other as enemies and competitors, and who stand exalted on the shambles they create.” (Common Sense: Occupation, Assembly, and the Future of Liberty” by Dan Hind) The Street lights are…

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Bringing Open Government to Local Governments

29th January 2018 – News

Last week, the Open Government Network was in Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds to talk with local residents and civil society organisations about the problems they face, and reforms they feel are needed, to bring about more open government in the UK. Our workshops with people around England, and complemented in the devolved nations by our…

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Know your network: Ruchir Shah

29th January 2018 – Points of View

Job title: Head of policy and research department, and director of Open Government Pioneers Project UK Org: Scottish Council for voluntary Organisations Location: Edinburgh Network Member since: 2016 Contact me at: ruchir.shah@scvo.org.uk     How would you describe your job to a child? Who is the president of the free world? Is he making the world…

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Know your network: Linda Jane McLean

27th January 2018 – Points of View

Job title: Retired (I think…but still doing lots on Social Care) Org: Arac Location: Nigg, Tain, Highland Network Member since: June 2017 Contact me at: researcher513@gmail.com How would you describe your job to a child? I find ways to help people to live in their own homes longer. That  means that they enjoy life better and  have…

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Network update: What’s in store for 2018?

27th January 2018 – News

It’s time to start thinking differently You have a big role to play this year. Scotland is developing its second Open Government Action Plan and we’re well placed as a network to bring new ideas to the forefront of discussions around building a government that works better for the people of Scotland. Before launching into…

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SDG network publishes open letter to ScotGov on Sustainable Development Goals

25th January 2018 – News

Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals Network has co-ordinated an open letter to government bodies asking them to evidence their commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Scotland. The SDG Network – along with organisations and individuals across the country – issued the open letter to Scottish political parties, parliamentary committees, the Scottish Cabinet, Scotland’s Secretary of State…

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Community Foundation announces funding for NI’s first Citizens’ Assembly

24th January 2018 – News

(via the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland) The Community Foundation has added its support to plans for a Northern Ireland Citizens’ Assembly with funding of £30,000. Since 1979 the Foundation has been supporting innovative initiatives, focused on the role that ordinary citizens can play in dealing with the issues that matter most to them. The…

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‘Get it Minuted Campaign’ launched

19th January 2018 – News

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) is launching a ‘Get it Minuted’ Campaign and is calling on people and organisations to ask and insist that there are agendas, notes and minutes for any meetings with the Scottish Government. The two actions which can be taken up by the public across Scotland as…

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Have Your Say on the next UK Open Government Action Plan

16th January 2018 – News

Have Your Say Manchester! Tue 23 Jan 2018 (15:00 – 18:00) REGISTER NOW Have Your Say Sheffield! Wed 24 Jan 2018 (15:00 – 18:00) REGISTER NOW Have Your Say Leeds! Thu 25 Jan 2018 (15:00 – 18:00) REGISTER NOW Have Your Say Birmingham! Wed 31 Jan 2018 (15:00 – 17:30) REGISTER NOW Have Your Say…

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